Thailand and Laos agreed to increase cooperation in hunting people deemed as “threats to security” by the two countries during a meeting between defence ministers on Thursday.
“The two sides will strictly obstruct and suppress any movement detected to be a mutual threat,” said Thai Defence Ministry Spokesperson Maj-General Kongcheep Tantravanich. “Such problems will reduce stability, security and the quality of both countries’ people.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan met with Lt-General Chansamone Chanyalath, Lao National Defence Minister in Vientiane, during the 24th Thai-Lao General Border Committee (GBC) Meeting.
Laos has been known to be the unofficial sanctuary of Thai political fugitives, notably Wuttipong “Ko Tee” Kottham-makhun, who went into self-exile shortly after the 2014 coup.
While there has been a rumour denied by Thai authorities that Wuttipong was killed this year, his name was still linked to a series of weapon caches, which police claimed were intended to be used in attacks in Bangkok.
The GBC meeting also covered cooperation on border controls to deal with illegal immigration and the trafficking of drugs and restricted goods.