At the event (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue, and the Lao province of Salavan agreed to maintain and develop the sound friendship between the two countries in general and two localities in particular, as heard at talks held in the Vietnamese province on July 25.

Reviewing the results of cooperative efforts over the past few years – which saw friendship visits regularly organised and collaboration accelerated across sectors such as the economy, education, healthcare, culture, and border trade and management – leaders from both sides then inked a further friendship cooperation agreement in various areas.

As per the deal, communication works will be prioritised to ensure that local people strictly implement and adhere to the Vietnam-Laos agreement on border and border gate management regulations, as well as the protocol on borderline and border markers.

The two sides will join hands to protect and upgrade border markers along the shared border line.

The localities will continue to branch out relations between the twin mountainous villages of both sides, and coordinate closely in enforcing the agreement on the settlement of undocumented migration and marriage along border areas.

Also, culture, tourism, education, and human resource training will be at the forefront in the upcoming cooperation agreement.

Accordingly, Thua Thien-Hue will grant 10 full scholarships to students of Salavan, provide free medicine and medical checkups for border people, and help Salavan border locals stabilise their livelihoods.

In return, Salavan will create favourable conditions for businesses from Thua Thien-Hue to invest in energy and forestry sectors. The province will also assist the Vietnamese locality in repatriating the remains of Vietnamese experts and volunteers who were taken down in Salavan during wartime.

Thua Thien-Hue has received and provided training for 167 students from Salavan since 2002, and has granted 10 full scholarships for Salavan students each year since 2009.

Both localities worked hard to search out and bring home the remains of 10 Vietnamese soldiers from Salavan during the 2017-2018 dry season.

On the occasion, Thua Thien-Hue leaders sent their sympathy over the recent dam collapse incident in Laos.-VNA