06:00 | 06/04/2020 Events
(VEN) - Vietnam handed over medical equipment worth over VND7 billion each to the governments and people of Laos and Cambodia to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative gives the symbolic gift representing Vietnam’s medical equipment support to Cambodia
Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Following the direction of the prime minister, the Ministry of Industry and Trade chaired and coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and related agencies to prepare medical and antibacterial masks in order to support Laos and Cambodia in the fight against Covid-19.
On the afternoon of April 3, the Ministry of Industry and Trade handed over medical and antibacterial masks and protective clothing to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Transport to send to Laos by air from Hanoi within the same day. On April 4, the Ministry of Industry and Trade continued to hand over the remaining to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Transport to send to Cambodia by road from Ho Chi Minh City. The Ministry of Industry and Trade will also send officials to carry out customs clearance procedures when goods are transported to Cambodia through Tay Ninh Province’s Moc Bai International Border Gate.
Vietnam provided Laos with 160,000 medical masks, 130,200 antibacterial masks, 1,000 protective clothing, one Covid-19 test result reader, and a number of Covid-19 test kits. The country also provided Cambodia with 240,000 medical masks, 100,000 antibacterial masks, 1,000 protective clothing, one Covid-19 test result reader, and a number of Covid-19 test kits.
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are neighboring countries that always stand side by side together in any circumstance. Although it is heavily affected by Covid-19, the Vietnamese government and people still decided to support their Lao and Cambodian counterparts in the fight against the pandemic.
It is known that the Ministry of Industry and Trade provided Laos with 100,000 medical masks on March 20.
Although the number of medical equipment remains modest compared to the needs of the two countries, this is the best the Vietnamese government can arrange in the current context. Vietnam hopes that its support will partly help the Lao and Cambodian people overcome difficulties at present.
The ambassadors of Laos and Cambodia expressed their thanks to the Vietnamese government and people, adding that this is a vivid expression of helping each other and solidarity in difficult circumstances.
They emphasized that the gifts provide a great source of encouragement for Laos and Cambodia to overcome the existing challenges. They also affirmed to work closely with Vietnam to ensure the best interests of the Vietnamese community in Laos and Cambodia, while striving to ensure trade along the border.