July 21, 2009
Phuket - Foreign Ministers from Lower Mekong region Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday and will mostly discuss economic development with her, Lao minister said Tuesday.
It was an initiative from Clinton to have the meeting on the sideline of the Asean annual meeting in the resort island of Phuket to boost US role in the region.
It would be an open-agenda meeting allowing ministers to raise various issues of interest to the meeting, said Laos Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
The discussion would mostly cover the economic, infrastructure development, education, public health cooperation, he said.