INISTER of Public Works and Transport Ing Kieth has expressed keen interest
over a proposal to upgrade the road link between Thailand and Phnom Penh, the
Bangkok Post quoted Mrs Kruawal Samana, secretary to the Thai Minister of
Transport and Communications as saying.
She said the Cambodian minister
paid a courtesy call on Thai Transport and Communications Minister Vinai Sompong
in Bangkok on June 13 .
"The potential for a road link from Aranyaprathet
to Phnom Penh is good," she said, adding that all roads from the Thai border to
the Cambodian capital were still laterite and needed improvement.
Kruawal quoted the Cambodian ministers as suggesting that Thailand could help
develop the road link.
After its completion, the linkage would also
provide a gateway to the world, she said.
Speaking briefly with reporters
Kieth said there existed many more areas of cooperation between the two
He said he was happy to discuss the possibility of building a
road linking Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, and also a railway system
linking Aranyaprathet and Sisophon.
The minister also cited the
possibility of cooperation in fields of energy and the efficient use of the
Mekong River resources.