Leaders of An Giang and Kandal provinces show the agreement on cooperation for the coming time at the meeting on September 11 (Photo: VNA)

An Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of An Giang and the neighbouring Cambodian province of Kandal held a meeting on September 11 to review bilateral cooperation, noting positive outcomes in their relations in multiple spheres.

The meeting, held in the Vietnamese province, was co-chaired by Chairman of the An Giang People’s Committee Vuong Binh Thanh and Kandal Governor Mao Phirun.

They highlighted the progress in collaboration to ensure security and order along the shared border, and in their partnership in economy-trade, agriculture, culture, tourism, health care, education and transport. They said the two sides have also seen increased cooperation between their organisations, courts and districts, as well as in border demarcation and marker planting and the search for and repatriation of the remains of Vietnam’s voluntary soldiers in Cambodia.

To keep a border of peace and stability, friendly neighbourliness and cooperation for common development between the countries, An Giang and Kandal have exchanged information in a timely manner, conducted joint patrols, protected the borderline and border markers, respected each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and effectively dealt with law violations like illegal border crossing or smuggling, thereby helping to ensure social order – safety and border security and promote local development.

The officials discussed and agreed on many cooperation areas for the time ahead, including intensifying the protection of security, social order and safety along the border; facilitating the development of border gates’ economic zones; creating favourable conditions for the travel of the two sides’ residents; investing in infrastructure building; and sharing information about environmental protection and water resource management in their border areas.

The two provinces also agreed to continue permitting the temporary import for re-export by non-commercial vehicles while accelerating the construction of goods depots at the Khanh Binh border gate of An Giang, the Chrey Thom border gate of Kandal and other border gates. They will further consider allowing their residents to use laissez-passers to cross the border.

An Giang and Kandal will also push on with the repatriation of the remains of Vietnam’s voluntary soldiers and experts who laid down their lives in Cambodia.

Meanwhile, the An Giang Committee of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front, the Kandal Committee of the Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodia Motherland, and other mass organisations in the two provinces will reinforce cooperation in further disseminating policies, border-related law and information about human trafficking combat.

The two sides will also work together to raise local residents’ awareness about law and adherence to border-related agreements, conventions and regulations, while boosting cultural and economic exchanges. –VNA