Officers of the Soc Trang Military High Command and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces pose for a photo at the working session on July 17 (Photo: VNA)

Soc Trang (VNA) – Officers of the Military High Command of southern Soc Trang province had a working session with visiting representatives of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces on July 17, stressing that the locality always respects the two countries’ bilateral traditional friendship and all-round cooperation.

Col. Tran Van Lau, head of the command, informed the Cambodian delegation of local socio-economic developments and defence-security situation, especially ethnic minority and religious policies, in the first half of 2018.

The province has implemented ethnic and religious policies well, particularly in rural areas inhabited by Khmer ethnic people. While the socio-economic developments and defence-security situation have been maintained, sustainable poverty reduction models have also been expanded, thus helping to improve locals’ material and spiritual life, he noted.

He affirmed that Soc Trang always treasures the sound neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive and sustainable cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia. It will work harder to promote the people-to-people diplomacy and solidarity between the two peoples.

For his part, Lt. Gen. Yong Mao, deputy head of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ development agency, said their working visit to Soc Trang was an occasion to enhance the fine cooperation between the two countries and affirm their time-honoured solidarity.

He thanked Vietnam, the Vietnam People’s Army and Soc Trang province for helping Cambodia get out of the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, voicing his hope that bilateral relations will become even stronger and reap more achievements in the future.-VNA