Laotian Prime Minister Kaysone Phovihane indicated at a Thai government reception in his honour on Sunday (1 April) that his country had solidly aligned itself with Vietnam in their conflict with China.
GV government house Bangkok
SV guard at government house
SV Laotian Prime Minister Kaysone Leaves car and is greeted by Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanand
SV Kaysone signs guest book as Kriangsak looks on
SV Lao/Thai delegations head towards meeting room
SV and GV Kaysone and Kriangsak seated and talking with other members of delegation seated nearby (7 SHOTS)
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Background: Laotian Prime Minister Kaysone Phovihane indicated at a Thai government reception in his honour on Sunday (1 April) that his country had solidly aligned itself with Vietnam in their conflict with China. Without mentioning China's name, he said that at the present time, the peace, national independence and stability of the countries in the region are being threatened. He added that under these circumstances the government and people of Laos have united with the governments and people of Vietnam and Kampuchea to cooperate and help each other to protect their independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kaysone who arrived in Bangkok on Sunday (1 April) is the first Laotian premier to visit Thailand since the communist took over the country in 1975.
The four day trip aimed at improving relations between the two countries, pays back the one made by the Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanand last January.
At the end of that visit, Laos and Thailand signed a joint communique agreeing that their Mekong River boundary, scene of border clashes in 1976 and 1977, should become a river a peace and friendship.
During their talks this week, the two leaders are expected to discuss the present situation in Indochina.
Thai officials said that it was unlikely that the talks would cover the issue of the 120,000 Laotian refugees which have fled to Thailand since 1975.
Laos have moved sharply towards Vietnam since the fall of Last january of the pro-Chinese Pol Pot regime in Kampuchea.
Since the Chinese invasion of northern Vietnam, Laos along with the Soviet Union, Vietnam, and Kampuchea has accused the Chinese of massing troops on its border and being the enemy of Indochina.
Mr. Kaysone, who is also being accompanied by a twelve member delegation which includes four cabinet ministers is also expected to discuss with his Thai counterpart ways increasing bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
During their stay in Thailand, the visiting Laotians will also tour an agricultural project in Petchaburi province, 100 miles south of Bangkok.