At the border marker salute ceremony (Source: VNA)
 
Kon Tum (VNA) – The first Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia border friendship exchange 2018 opened in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on November 2. 

The event aimed to foster solidarity and cooperation among the three countries as well as the Lao provinces of Sekong and Attapeu, the Cambodian province of Rattanakiri and Vietnam’s Kon Tum province. 

Leaders from Kon Tum province and the Vietnam Border Guard held dialogues with senior officials from Sekong and Attapeu provinces, the Sekong provincial Military High Command, and public security forces from Attapeu and Ratanakiri provinces. 

They pledged to stand side by side in protecting the peaceful shared border and promoting the tradition friendship among the three countries. 

Films about friendship among three Indochinese countries were also screened on the occasion. 

At present, three Kon Tum-based firms have been licensed to carry out four projects with a total registered capital of more than 1 trillion VND (43.47 million USD) in Cambodia. Two other local enterprises are operating in Laos with combined registered capital of about 747 billion VND, mostly in agriculture, industry and forestry. 

Over the past five years, Kon Tum has assisted Sekong, Attapeu and Ratanakiri in building schools, hospitals and welfare facilities worth over 16 billion VND. 

With the support of neighbouring countries, Kon Tum’s K53 Group found and repatriated 1,259 sets of remains of soldiers, including 872 in Laos and the remaining in Cambodia. 

On November 3 morning, a border marker salute ceremony and a joint patrol among the three countries were held at the Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia border intersection, as part of the border friendship exchange.-VNA