Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Bridge Reflects Close Neighbourliness

Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Bridge inaugurated this morning reflects the good and close relations between the two neighbouring nations and peoples.

The comments were made by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, at the bridge's inauguration ceremony.

Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Bridge is the opening of new historical page of the two countries, aiming at improving cross-border trade, said the Cambodian Premier, stressing that the bridge will help reducing traffic congestion at Poipet international checkpoint and contribute to the connection of Bangkok-Poipet-Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City.

For his part, H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha underlined that the bridge is a symbol of success of collaboration between the Cambodian and Thai officials, and a gift offered by the two governments for the two peoples as well as those of the whole ASEAN region.

The bridge will help easing the cooperation in other areas such as economy, communication, culture, education, agriculture and tourism, he added.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the opportunity to thank the Government and people of Thailand for their contribution to the construction and rehabilitation of physical infrastructure in Cambodia.

The Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Bridge, linking Stung Bot in the Cambodian province of Banteay Meanchey to Ban Nong Ian in the Thai province of Sa Kaeo, is 620 metres long (215 metres in Cambodian territory and 405 metres in Thai territory) and 17 metres wide.

The bridge has been constructed by Thai engineering team under a grant aid of the Thai government of more than US$19 million and a budget of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press