Phnom Penh (FN), Sept. 12 – Cambodian and Laotian Prime Ministers have agreed to elevate the relations between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to a comprehensive and long-lasting strategic partnership, according to the joint communique released on Thursday.

“Both sides agreed to further consolidate and enhance the bond of amity, the spirit of fraternal solidarity and cooperation in the political-security, economic, socio-cultural fields. The two sides shall continue to develop their friendly relations based on the international law, especially the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and the ASEAN Charter,” the joint communique stated.

“Both sides reaffirmed their mutual trust and confidence, and respect for the principles of non-interference into each other’s internal affairs, non-use of force or threat of force, peaceful settlement of disputes, and not allowing any foreign political group or armed forces to use their respective territory against the other side,” it added.

Prime Minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith and a high-level delegation arrived in Cambodia at 9:30 a.m on Thursday for a two-day official visit from 12-13 September 2019, at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.