A new bridge linking northwest Thailand and Myanmar was officially inaugurated two weeks ago. Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge II, connecting the Thai town of Mae Sot and Myawaddy in Myanmar, was declared open at a ceremony presided over by the leaders of both countries. The opening ceremonies were staged at the centre point of the 760-metre-long bridge over the Moei River.
Thailand’s prime-minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Aung San Suu Kyi, the state counsellor for Myanmar, plus senior dignitaries from both nations oversaw the ceremony. Afterwards, the Thai PM said the second Moei river-bridge was a fitting testimony to the cordial relationships between the two neighbouring nations. He added that it was bound to give cross-border trade and economic development a shot in the arm as well.
Friendship Bridge II is four lanes across and cost THB3 billion to built. The construction costs were paid by Thailand. Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge I opened in 1997. The new bridge was built to ease congestion and traffic bottlenecks at the original bridge. Senior officials attending the opening rites noted that the new bridge featured one-stop immigration and security checkpoints.