A spokesperson of the Banteay Meany provincial hall told reporters on Monday that the Cambodian government met with customs officials at the Thailand headquarters to discuss the possible reopening of the Cambodian-Thai border.
The Cambodian provincial spokesperson, Ly Sary, said that Banteay Meany Governor, Um Reatrey, met with Thai officials, requesting for the reopening of the Poipet-Aranyaprathet border.
The aforementioned international border has been closed since March.
Spokesperson Ly Sary mentioned that approximately 12,000 Cambodian vendors are hoping for the reopening of the border as their businesses have been affected since its closure.
The Cambodian vendors have numerous stalls in the Rong Kluea market in Sa Kaeo province.
On the other hand, Cambodian Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Prak Sokhonn, stated that Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has allowed the resumption of Vietnamese people to travel in and out of the Cambodian border from June 17.
The Cambodian government redacted its imposed travel restrictions on Vietnam.
Ouch Borith, the ministry’s secretary of state, stated in a letter:
“The Cambodian government decided to repeal a press release and a diplomatic note dated June 18, on temporary travel restrictions between Cambodian and Vietnamese by road, water and air.”
The letter also stated that the government would apply health measures to ensure Vietnamese people traveling to Cambodia are cleared of the coronavirus.
On March 18, the Vietnamese government closed down its borders with Cambodia without prior announcement to inform Cambodian authorities.
Consequently, residents of Bavet—a border town of Cambodia—are clueless to when the Vietnam-Cambodia border will open.
According to Bavet police chief Em Sovannarith, the residents are always asking him about the day Vietnam will open its borders.
He mentioned that Bavet residents are usually seeking treatment at hospitals in Vietnam, saying:
“Usually, citizens along the border go for treatment in Vietnam because it is easier to go to the neighboring country.”
Source: The Nation