Long An (VNA) – Officials from the Cambodian provinces of Svay Rieng and Pray Veng visited Vietnam’s southern province of Long An on January 29, on the occasion of the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

Svay Rieng’s Governor Men Vibol and Chairman of Pray Veng’s Council Sbong SaRat extended their New Year greetings to the Party Committee, authorities, and people of Long An province.

They lauded the achievements the Vietnamese locality recorded in 2018 and expressed their wish that the solidarity and friendship between the two countries, and especially amongst provinces which share a common border line, will be tightened.

Tran Van Can, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Long An province, also expressed his hope that the localities will continue to cooperate effectively in 2019 and the years to come, especially in border trade and services.

He called for joint efforts in accelerating border demarcation and marker planting, thus building a common border line of peace, friendship, and mutual development.

In 2018, Long An and the two Cambodian provinces worked hard to deepen the traditional friendship and cooperation, contributing to spurring local socio-economic development.

Long An’s economy grew by 10.36 percent and its annual per capita income reached 68.62 million VND (2,968 USD). Progress has also been made in social welfare, national security and defence, and external affairs.

In early 2019, Long An held many activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the victory of the southwestern border safeguarding war as well as the Vietnam-Cambodia joint victory over the Pol Pot genocidal regime (January 7).-VNA