Vientiane (FN), Feb. 14 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen viewed the "Medal for Phoxay Lane Xang" or "Lane Xang Blessing Medal" as a pride for Cambodia's citizens and a unique symbol of the strong relations between Cambodia and Laos.

The premier spoke at the award ceremony, held on 13 February 2023.

"The award I received today is the pride of all Cambodians and the great contribution of the Government and the people of Laos in cultivating good traditional relations and comprehensive cooperation between ministries, institutions, and authorities at all levels of the two countries," the premier underscored.

The "Medal for Phoxay Lane Xang" conferred upon foreign leaders in recognition of contributions to and strengthening the relationship with the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Samdech is a leader who always pays high attention to strengthening relationships, friendships, and cooperation with neighboring countries. Samdech Techo has always extended help to Laos during difficult times.

In 2021, Cambodia offered nearly one million doses of COVID19 vaccine, medical equipment, and ten buses for vaccine transport. Moreover, granted over USD 13 million for Laos to fight against COVID19 pandemic, of which USD 10 million was from donors.

Taking this occasion, Laos also awarded medals to six Cambodian business leaders for offering financial assistance for Laos during the fight against COVID19 pandemic.

The six are Okhna Kith Meng, Okhna Leang Khun, Okhna Leng Navattra, Okhna Guy Chhay, Okhna Ing Seav Meng, and Okhna Ly Hong.