HCM City (VNA) – Vietnamese and Cambodian localities along the shared
border discussed religious affairs during a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on July
17, aiming to build a shared border of peace, stability and development.
Addressing the event, Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan said the
event aims to share experience among the localities and foster cooperation in tackling
existing problems in religious activities along the border, thus helping locals
exercise their right to religious freedom.
Meanwhile, Cambodian Minister of Cults and Religion Him Chhem expressed
delight at the stability and growth of the Vietnam-Cambodia partnership,
including in religion.
He stressed that the conference is of significant importance with the
two countries celebrating the 50th anniversary of bilateral
diplomatic ties, celebrations which are expected to enhance the efficiency of religious
affair of both countries, thus fostering religious solidarity.
At the event, the two sides agreed on the significance of friendship and
cooperation among localities along the Vietnam-Cambodia in all fields, including
They agreed that the religious situation along the border is stable. The
practice of beliefs and religions is respected and supported, while religious
dignitaries and followers engage in social activities and contribute to local
socio-economic development, ensuring security in the border.
Religious followers in border areas have enjoyed favourable conditions in
holding exchange activities and organising festivals and traditional
activities, thus fostering neighbourliness among border localities.
Participants also decided to enhance coordination to strengthen State
management in religion, while sharing information to ensure safety and security
along the border.-VNA