Ja­pan’s prime min­is­ter agrees to bol­ster development as­sis­tance to Laos

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe agreed Tues­day, in a meet­ing with his Lao­tian coun­ter­part Thon­gloun Sisoulith, to bol­ster Ja­panese sup­port for in­fra­struc­ture and hu­man re­source development in Laos.

Abe also said Ja­pan will help Laos re­move un­ex­ploded ordnance in the coun­try from the Viet­nam War, an is­sue that has ham­pered development in the ASEAN coun­try.

The two lead­ers also dis­cussed China’s mar­itime as­sertive­ness in the South China Sea and North Korea, with which Laos has diplo­matic re­la­tions.

Ja­pan will “co­op­er­ate with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Laos, in press­ing North Korea to take con­crete ac­tion,” Abe said at a joint news con­fer­ence.

As part of its development aid, Ja­pan agreed to pro­vide 310 mil­lion yen (K3.81 bil­lion/US$2.8 mil­lion) in grant aid for young Lao­tian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to study in Ja­pan. It will also study the fea­si­bil­ity of build­ing an ex­press­way con­nect­ing Vientiane and Hanoi. – Ky­odo

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