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Visiting Laos President ‘Reaffirms Support’ for Burma’s Democratization

10 December 2013

Laos President Choummaly Sayasone arrived in Burma on an official state visit on Monday, where he was greeted by counterpart Thein Sein at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw, according to state-run media. The two men discussed how the neighboring Southeast Asian nations could cooperate on matters including rural development, poverty reduction and drug trafficking prevention, among other bilateral issues. The possibility of opening a direct air route between the two countries, which share a 230-km border, was also discussed. Choummaly, who has been president of one-party Laos since 2006, “reaffirmed his support for democratization and national reconciliation efforts of Myanmar,” the New Light of Myanmar reported. It is Choummaly’s second official visit to Burma.