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Vietnam aids US$200.000 to Laos and Cambodia to fight COVID-19

22:02 | 26/03/2020

The Government of Vietnam has decided to provide Laos and Cambodia with necessary medical equipment to fight COVID-19, worth US$100.000 for each county, the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced.    

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds separate phone talks with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on March 26, 2020. Photo: VGP

The Government chief informed his Lao and Cambodian counterparts about the decision during their phone talks on Thursday.

During his phone talks with Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith, PM Phuc spoke highly of the efforts made by the Government of Laos in employing preventive measures, affirming Viet Nam stands ready to assist and work side by side with Laos in the fight against the pandemic in order to soon stabilize situation in each country.

Sisoulith highly valued Viet Nam’s efforts and outcomes in containing the virus, expressing his wish that both countries would strengthen information sharing as well as coordination and mutual support in this fight.

Phuc suggested the Lao Government continue facilitating the Vietnamese community’s access to necessary conditions to protect themselves against the COVID-19, and coordinate with Viet Nam in maintaining stability and security in respective countries, especially in border provinces.

The two leaders agreed to pay more attention to sustain the development of the bilateral ties with particular focus on effective implementation of the agreements reached at the 42nd meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee that took place earlier this year.

Both sides agreed to continue facilitating cross-border movement of goods in a bid to help the two nations overcome difficulties resulted from the pandemic.

During his phone talks with Cambodian PM Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Phuc also spoke highly of Cambodia’s measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 outbreak, emphasizing the need for countries to join hands in pushing back the pandemic.

Amid complicated developments of the pandemic, Phuc suggested the two countries foster coordination and create favorable conditions for representative agencies to support repatriation of citizens.

He also suggested both sides’ ministries, agencies and localities collaborate actively in stemming the pandemic, ensuring smooth information exchanges, timely addressing obstacles obstacles based on the spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding.

The two countries should also maintain regular trade exchanges through facilitation of movement of goods along the shared border line.

Phuc affirmed that Viet Nam is ready to work with the Cambodian side to repatriate Cambodian people who have been quarantined and wish to return home.

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