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