Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on March 26th held
separate phone talks with his Lao and Cambodian counterparts, during which
the leaders discussed coordination between Vietnam and the two countries in
the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his talks with Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith, PM
Phuc lauded the Lao Government’s efforts in preventing the disease,
stressing that Vietnam is willing to support and stand side by side with the
country in the combat.
He proposed the Lao PM and Government create
favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the country to
stabilise their lives and access essential conditions to prevent the
The Vietnamese PM also called for the Lao side’s
close coordination in maintaining social and security stability, especially
in border provinces.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on March 26th holds
separate phone talks with his Lao and Cambodian counterparts. (Photo: VNA)
For his part, PM Thongloun spoke highly of Vietnam’s
efforts and successes in containing COVID-19 and expressed his hope that the
two countries will enhance information sharing, coordination and mutual
support in this field.
The two leaders agreed on the need to maintain
bilateral cooperation in the present circumstance and pay due attention to
the effective implementation of agreements reached at the 42nd meeting of
the Inter-Governmental Committee early this year.
The two sides also consented to facilitate the flows
of goods between the two countries, and work harder to maintain the growth
of bilateral trade and investment by flexible measures.
Vietnam and Laos would work together to overcome
difficulties caused by the economic downturn resulting from the epidemic,
the two leaders committed.
While talking with Cambodian PM Samdech Techo Hun
Sen, PM Phuc suggested the two sides facilitate citizen protection and
assistance by representative agencies of each country.
He also urged Vietnamese and Cambodian ministries,
agencies and localities to join hands in the fight against the COVID-19
epidemic, maintain trade activities and make it easier for the
transportation of goods along their common border.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam stands ready to
coordinate with the Cambodian side to repatriate Cambodian citizens who have
been quarantined in Vietnam for COVID-19 if they want.
PM Hun Sen highly valued Vietnam’s measures in
preventing and controlling the pandemic and agreed to order Cambodian
ministries, agencies and localities to support the Vietnamese community in
During the talks, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that
the coordination and support between the three countries in the wake of the
COVID-19 outbreak is necessary and significant.
Vietnam is willing to send medical experts to the
two countries if requested, he said, calling for stronger coordination
between the three countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations