Japan, Laos hold summit to discuss cooperation in security

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong met Sunday in Vientiane to discuss security cooperation and Tokyo's support for the Southeast Asian country's health and medical care systems.

During the summit talks, Abe is expected to explain Japan's security policy of promoting what he calls "proactive pacifism" to contribute to global peace and stability, Japanese officials said.

The Japanese leader is also likely to express Tokyo's readiness to extend yen loans to help Laos expand an airport terminal, they said.

Abe's visit to Laos, the second and last leg of his two-day trip to Southeast Asia that took him to Cambodia the previous day, follows one by his predecessor Yoshihiko Noda in November last year for the Asia-Europe Meeting summit.

With the trip, Abe has now visited all 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations since taking office last December.