Call for solidarity among Mekong countries to address COVID-19 crisis

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on Wednesday called on the six Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries to continue showing solidarity to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a message celebrating the annual LMC Week 2021, Sokhonn said 2020 had been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching impact on public health safety, the mobility of people and the flow of global supply chains

“In light of the current global crisis, we must continue to show solidarity in addressing these issues of common concerns through cooperation and practical actions to provide adequate vaccines and medical supplies so that the LMC countries could achieve the shared goals of well-being and sustainable development for our sub-region and beyond,” he said.

The LMC countries include China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Sokhonn said that over the past five years, the LMC has proven itself as a worthy cooperation framework by forging closer collaboration of all six riparian countries in addressing regional challenges in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and complementarity with other existing sub-regional cooperation mechanisms.

“This mighty Mekong-Lancang river, from which this cooperation framework drew its name, binds our six countries together far more than just a physical connection, closely linking our culture and traditions, our natural resources, and the friendship of our people to form part for a community of shared future,” he said.

The LMC has delivered concrete results in terms of its contribution to social economic development and institutional improvement in the respective countries.