The agreement was reached at the ninth Conference on Cooperation and Development of Vietnamese and Cambodian border provinces co-hosted by Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Samdech Sar Kheng in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on March 15.
Since the eighth meeting in October 2015, the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations have steadily grown.
Local officials paid regular visits and localities have offered mutual support in building roads, training human resources, exchanging high-yield plants, providing healthcare services, and conducting cultural and sports activities.
Such activities enabled both sides to deal with arising issues and enhance their friendship, solidarity, cooperation and mutual assistance, the participants said.
Both sides consented to enhance the links between ministries, sectors, and localities, continue implementing reached agreements actively, fine-tune mechanisms and policies encouraging cross-border trade, and make it easier for respective investments.
The localities will work together in agriculture, forestry and fishery, healthcare, and human resources training, and pay heed to upgrading transport infrastructure and border trade areas.
They agreed to accelerate the land border demarcation and the planting of border markers while pledging to not allow any hostile force to use the one’s territory to sabotage security and stability in the other.
The localities agreed to augment cooperation to protect security, keep stability and order along the shared border while timely deterring and combating transnational crimes.
Deputy PMs Pham Binh Minh and Samdech Sar Kheng asked ministries, sectors and border localities to work hand in hand in deploying measures to improve the efficiency of their cooperation, continue maintain political security and social order, improve locals’ living standards, and building the borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development.
During the conference, ministries, sectors and border localities had separate meetings to seek specific cooperative measures and a joint statement was issued.