Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh worked with leaders of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on boosting the locality’s relations with its Cambodian neighbouring province of Ratanakiri.

He lauded Gia Lai’s promotion of socio-economic and political-security partnership with the Cambodian locality, maintaining stability and development along the shared border.

He hailed the provincial relevant agencies’ close coordination with their partners in addressing illegal crossings.

The Deputy PM inspected a number of land markers planted along the Vietnam-Cambodia border crossing Gia Lai and Ratanakiri provinces.

Gia Lai shares a 90km borderline with Ratanakiri, including 20km waterway. As many as 16 positions have been identified to be marked by 20 markers on the borderline. Gia Lai has finished planting 10 markers so far.

Deputy PM Minh asked the provincial leaders and Border Guard to work closely with the Cambodian locality to complete the remaining work promptly.

In Gia Lai, he also presented 100 million VND (4,700 USD) to the provincial Association of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims.

On the day, he also visited the Kon Tum province, during which he spoke highly the Kon Tum’s endeavors to boost ties with their neighbouring Lao and Cambodian localities.

He asked the locality to optimise the Bo Y international border gate, while upgrading other auxiliary gates.

Kon Tum should assist Lao and Cambodian localities in personnel training, he noted.

The province collected over 2 trillion VND (94 million USD) for the State budget and assisted 5,180 local households to get rid of poverty.

In 2014, Kon Tum also signed 12 memoranda of understanding with localities of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and the Republic of Korea, while setting up twin relations with the Thai province of Ubon Ratchathani.

Meanwhile, the locality’s ties with the Lao provinces of Atapeu, Sekong, Slavan and Champasak, and Cambodia ’s Ratanakiri have been growing.-VNA