Thai, Cambodia, Vietnam Ambassadors Urge ASEAN, US support for Mekong Management

The ambassadors of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia have called for greater support from the U.S. and the ASEAN regional bloc to address urgent environmental threats to the Mekong River. They also emphasized the need for improved water data sharing by all countries on the river, including China.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Ha Kim Ngoc told a virtual panel hosted by the East-West Center in late February that U.S. support to address challenges to the Mekong River should be expanded while adding that Hanoi also wanted ASEAN engagement to help meet the challenges.

“We strongly believe US leadership and commitment will be a very decisive factor for the success of our collaboration to help the Mekong,” he said.

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Seourn Vathana, VOA Khmer