U.S., lower Mekong countries vow to enhance co-op towards sustainable development

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Foreign ministers from lower Mekong countries and the United States vowed in Hanoi Thursday to enhance cooperation towards a sustainable development.

The ministers made the commitment during the second U.S.-Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting held here Thursday, said a press release issued by the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Lower Mekong countries participated in the meeting include Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

At the meeting, the ministers expressed their determination to strengthen the cooperation between the United States and lower Mekong countries in four main areas including environment, health, education and infrastructure, said the press release.

The United States announced a three-year program to assist the four lower Mekong countries in developing cooperative strategies to address the impact of climate change on water resources, food security and livelihood.

The ministers also witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding for a "sister river" partnership between the Mekong River Commission and the Mississippi River Commission.

The Mekong River Commission is an international, country-driven river basin organization that provides the institutional framework to promote regional cooperation for the sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin. The Mississippi River Commission is responsible for maintaining the Mississippi River in the United States as a navigable waterway while preventing flooding.

Source: Xinhua


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