Mekong countries meet Japan and S. Korea

  • Laos
  • Monday, 16 Nov 2020

Cooperation between the countries in the Mekong Basin and South Korea has grown rapidly, while cooperation between the Mekong countries and Japan has also broadened.

This was the assessment of leaders from the Mekong countries, Korea and Japan when they met for virtual talks at the 2nd Mekong-South Korea and 12th Mekong-Japan summits on Friday.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc co-chaired the summits with South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

At the Mekong-South Korea summit, leaders from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea reviewed past cooperation, especially the implementation of the Mekong-Han River Declaration adopted at the first Mekong-South Korea Summit held in Busan last year, and the work plan for 2017-2020.

The leaders said the cooperation framework had grown rapidly under the three pillars and seven priorities in the fields of culture and tourism, human resource development, agriculture and rural development, infrastructure development, information and communication technology, the environment, and non-traditional security challenges.

The summit agreed to upgrade Mekong-South Korea cooperation to a strategic partnership for the benefit of people, prosperity and peace. — Vientiane Times/ANN

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