PMs' Meeting on Viet Nam-Laos-Cambodia Development Triangle

The fourth meeting of the Prime Ministers of Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia will discuss the establishment of the three countries' joint committee on the Development Triangle, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a press briefing in Ha Noi on Dec. 1.

The meeting, scheduled for Dec. 4-5 in Da Lat city in Viet Nam's central highlands province of Lam Dong, will review the implementation of the Vientiane Declaration on building the Development Triangle and the triangle's master plan which were signed by PMs of three countries on Nov. 28, 2004.

The PMs will also focus their discussions on how to strengthen the coordination between Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam in requesting aid from other countries, including Japan, and on common preferential policies for the Triangle area, the MoFA said.

The initiative on the Cambodia - Laos - Viet Nam Development Triangle was put forth at the first meeting of the PMs of the three countries in Vientiane, Laos, in October 1999, aiming to strengthen solidarity and cooperation between the three nations through tapping the full potential from the provinces in the area.

During the first summit of Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam and Japan in Vientiane in Nov. 2004 and the second summit in Kuala Lumpur in December 2005, Japan supported the three countries' initiative to build the Triangle, providing the three countries with an initial assistance of 2 billion yen for small projects in the area.-

Source: VNA

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