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Defence Minister to join Lao army’s anniversary

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Gen Tea Banh will be in Laos for three days. Veng Sok Heng

Defence Minister General Tea Banh will lead a delegation to Laos this weekend to attend celebrations marking the Lao People’s Army 70th anniversary.

A ministry statement yesterday said that the delegation will be in Laos from Saturday to Monday.

“Gen Banh, along with senior military leaders, will take part in the celebrations in Vientiane for the 70th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army Founding Day,” the statement said.

Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat yesterday said that during the visit Gen Banh will meet with Lao military leaders to discuss bilateral military cooperation and work to enhance ties between both countries.

“Samdech Tea Banh will meet with Lao military leaders in Vientiane where they will discuss several issues, especially military cooperation, security and the border,” Gen Sucheat said.

In August 2017, Lao troops invaded the Ou Alai and Ou Ta Ngav areas in Stung Treng’s Siem Pang district during a dispute over the construction of a road near the border.

In response, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered thousands of troops to be deployed to the border while giving an ultimatum to Laos to withdraw its forces within six days.

A day later, Mr Hun Sen flew to Vientiane to talk with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, after which Laos agreed to withdraw its troops.

“So far, the situation is normal,” Gen Sucheat. “We are now working with the Laos military to strengthen cooperation and enhance security along the border.”

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