President U Thein Sein on Saturday attended the opening of a bridge linking Tachilek in eastern Shan State with Laos, unveiling a stone plaque on the Myanmar side.
The bridge connects the town of Kenglat in Tachilek with the Laotian province of Luang Namtha.
The president, together with his entourage and representatives of local national races, had a documentary photo taken on the bridge as a token of the opening ceremony.
He also paid homage to the Buddha Statue and presented offertories to members of the Sangha led by Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Dhammasiri and Sayadaw Maha Suddhamma Jotikadhaja Bhaddanta Sanvara in a ceremony held on the bridge.
President U Thein Sein cordially greeted Laotian President Mr Choummaly Sayasone before the opening ceremony.
Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin described the 8.5-metre-wide, 700-metre-long steel bridge as a product of bilateral cooperation, with each country having built roughly half, adding that the opening ceremony coincided with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between the two countries.
The union minister pledged closer cooperation with Laos as well as other regional countries and the international community in an effort to bring about stability, peace and prosperity all over the world.
President U Thein Sein signed a memorandum of understanding on construction of the bridge during his visit to Laos in 2012. The project was completed on 25 April, 2015.
According to U Wunna Maung Lwin, the Mekong sub-region countries will greatly benefit from the bridge, which is located on the North Economic Corridor linking the Port of Haiphong in Vietnam and the Kyaukphyu deep-sea port in Myanmar through Laos.
Mr Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Laos, addressed the opening ceremony.
While in Tachilek, the president visited Shwedagon, where he presented offertories to members of the Sangha led by Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Dhammasiri and applied gilding to the stone plaque of religious verses inscribed in the Gon Shan dialect.