By Kong Soriya
Phnom Penh: Cambodia and Laos will open more international border gates to facilitate the travel of people and businesses as the two parties currently have only one joint international checkpoint, namely Trapang Kreal, Steoung Treng Province International Checkpoint.
Phat Sophanith, director of the Ministry of Interior’s International Relations Department, told reporters this morning after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on 2019 Cooperation between Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Vilay Lakhamephong, the minister of Security for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic that the new international border gates that the two sides are working together to open are in Ratanakiri and Stung Treng province. He added that besides agreeing to open the international border gates, Cambodia and Laos have also committed to join efforts to prevent and suppress drug and other crimes, and both sides will work hard to prevent those issues from happening to the people of the two countries.
Mr. Sophanith said the two leaders told reporters that both sides continue to pledge each other to try to crack down and prevent any offenses committed at the border of the two countries to maintain order and security. In addition, the authorities along the borders still continue to maintain good cooperation to facilitate the travel exchange delegations and trade between the citizens of both countries, particularly comply with what was agreed, which have already been signed.