Military officers of Cambodia's Kep province and Soc Trang officials pose for a photo at the meeting on January 29 (Photo: VNA)

Soc Trang (VNA) – Officials from Kep province of Cambodia visited and offered greetings to authorities and people of the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on January 29 ahead of Vietnam’s traditional Lunar New Year festival.

Briefing his guests about local development, Vice Secretary of the Soc Trang Party Committee Huynh Van Sum said his province recorded an economic growth rate of 7.2 percent, along with surges in rice output and exports-imports in 2018. 

Soc Trang has always paid attention to enhancing development in local ethnic communities, especially Khmer people, he noted, adding that the Party and State’s policies targeting ethnic minorities have been implemented well. Ethnic households have been provided with houses, residential land, capital for economic activities and social welfares, thus helping with poverty elimination and new-style rural area building.

Additionally, Khmer people’s spiritual life has been improved. Soc Trang has worked to preserve and develop their traditional Ok Om Bok (moon worship) and boat racing festival into a national-level activity, the official noted.

For his part, Chhum Khmao, Deputy Commander of Cambodia’s Military Region 3 and Chief of the Kep provincial military sub-region, also informed Soc Trang officials about his country’s achievements last year.

He appreciated the precious support that Vietnam as well as Soc Trang province has given to Cambodia, including Kep province. He particularly highlighted Vietnam’s assistance for his country in the fight against the Pol Pot genocidal regime.

At the meeting, the officer wished authorities and people of Soc Trang many successes in the New Year.-VNA