The Prime Minister of Laos, Kaysone Phomvihane, has arrived in Bangkok for talks with Thai Prime Minister General Kriangsak Chomanan.
SV Prime Minister Kaysone Phomvihane of Laos steps down from aircraft, greeted by Thai Prime Minister General Kriangsak chomanan and cabinet members.
LV Kaysone and party with garlands around necks.
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SV Prime Ministers Kaysone and Kriangsak walking across tarmac, and Kaysone shaking hands with diplomats. (2 SHOTS)
SV Kaysone shaking hands with Chiefs of Staff.
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SV Prime Ministers entering Rolls Royce limousine.
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Background: The Prime Minister of Laos, Kaysone Phomvihane, has arrived in Bangkok for talks with Thai Prime Minister General Kriangsak Chomanan. This is the first official visit by the Laotian Prime Minister to Thailand since the communist take-over in Laos in 1975.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Kaysone arrived in Bangkok on Sunday (1 April). He was greeted at the airport by General Kriangsak, cabinet members and high-ranking officials.
The warm welcome extended to the Laotian Prime Minister and his delegation was initiated by General Kriangsak's visit to Laos last January, which smoothed relations between the two countries. General Kriangsak is given much credit for steering Thai policy away from its rigid anti-communist line, and last March, he made the first official visit to the Soviet Union by a Thai leader. He is looking to Moscow as a force of moderation in Indochina.
Prime Minister Kaysone will be seeking from the Thai leaders some agreement on the common border the two nations share along the Mekong river. Land-locked Laos must import badly-needed supplies through Thai territory.
The two leaders were to discuss the Indo-china situation. Many Laotian refugees have fled to Thailand since the Communist take-over, and Thailand is concerned with the presence of thousands of Vietnamese troops in Laos. Prime Minister Kaysone ends his four-day visit on Wednesday (4 April).