Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung (fourth from the right) handing over medical supplies to the Lao government and people 

The gifts include protective clothing, medical masks, testing systems and COVID-19 test kits.

Addressing the hand-over ceremonies in Hanoi, Dung affirmed that Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are neighboring countries that always stand side by side together in any circumstances. Vietnam hopes that its support will partly help the Lao and Cambodia people overcome their current difficulties, he said.

Dung asked the Lao and Cambodian governments to continue to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese communities living in the host countries and enabling them to have access to necessary medical services. He expressed his belief that Laos and Cambodia, together with Vietnam and other ASEAN member states, will stand united and help each other drive back the pandemic in the spirit of the ASEAN Chair’s Statement on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs handing over medical supplies to Cambodia

At the event, Lao Ambassador Sengphet Houngboungnuang and Cambodian Ambassador Chay Navuth thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their support. They affirmed that the gifts are a great source of encouragement for Laos and Cambodia to weather the existing challenges.

They pledged to work closely with Vietnam to ensure the best interests of the Vietnamese communities in Laos and Cambodia, and strive to maintain bilateral trade along the shared borders.

Translated by Song Anh