MLC To Bring ASEAN’s Older and Newer Members Closer

The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) will help bringing ASEAN's older and newer members closer in terms of economy, politics, culture and religion.

The remarks were made by H.E. Sok Siphana, Government Advisor and Senior Official of Cambodia for MLC, at a press conference after the 6th MLC Senior Officials' Meeting held here this afternoon at the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC).

MLC will determine the scope of potential relations and cooperation between the five ASEAN countries along the Mekong River and China, which will contribute to narrowing the development gap between the ASEAN's older and newer members, he added.

Cambodia is going to host the 2nd MLC Leaders' Meeting tomorrow afternoon under the theme Our River of Peace and Sustainable Development. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and his Chinese counterpart H.E. Li Keqiang will co-chair the meeting with Lao Prime Minister H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, Myanmar Vice President H.E. Myint Swe, Thai Prime Minister H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha and Vietnamese Prime Minister H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc in attendance.

According to an MFA-IC's press release, the six MLC leaders will discuss key issues to develop the Mekong sub-region with strong focus on the commitment to maintain peace, stability, sustainable development and prosperity of the Mekong sub-region.

The MLC Leaders' Meeting will also stress the importance of the socio-economic development of sub-regional countries in terms of enhancing the well-being of their people, narrowing the development gap among countries in support of the ASEAN Community building as well as advancing South-South cooperation to further contribute to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Four documents � Phnom Penh Declaration of the Second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders' Meeting, Five-Year Action Plan of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation 2018-2022, Joint List of 2nd Batch of Cooperation Projects, and Reports of the Six Joint Working Groups of Priority Areas � are expected to be adopted on the occasion.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press