Top Leaders meet Cambodian NA President
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his delight at the growing ties between Vietnam and Cambodia, during a reception in Hanoi on September 13 for President of the Cambodian National Assembly (NA) Samdech Heng Samrin.
|State President of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and President of the Cambodian National Assembly (NA) Samdech Heng Samrin during the reception (Photo: VNA).|
Phuc spoke highly of the results of the talks between Heng Samrin and Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue, and cooperation achievements between the two legislatures over the past years.
On the occasion, the host suggested both sides maintain the exchange of high-level visits and cooperation mechanisms via all channels.
Amid the complicated developments in the region and the world, the Vietnamese President wished the two legislatures will further uphold their role to perfect laws, thus facilitating bilateral ties in various areas, especially connecting the two economies, enhancing education and raising public awareness of bilateral traditional ties, particularly among the young generations.
Heng Samrin, for his part, stressed that the Cambodian legislature always stands side by side with Vietnam. As this year marks the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties, he wished the two countries’ relevant agencies will hold practical activities to foster their traditional friendship.
On the occasion, he thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for helping Cambodia build working offices of the Cambodian NA’s Secretariat and committees in Phnom Penh.
The Cambodian Party and people always remember the dedication and sacrifice by Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts in their struggle for national liberation from Pol Pot genocidal regime, he said.
|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received President of the Cambodian National Assembly (NA) Samdech Heng Samrin (Photo: VNA).|
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received the NA President of Cambodia the same day, affirming that the Vietnamese Party, State and people always support the cause of national construction and development of Cambodia.
Trong also underlined the importance of the relationship between Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. He wished that the three countries work together to preserve and foster the development of their relationship for the prosperity of each country, and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
In response, Heng Samrin, stated that Cambodia will work with Vietnam to preserve and develop the relationship between the two countries to new heights and pass it down to future generations.
He informed the host about the recent situation in Cambodia, especially the successful organization of the local election for fifth tenure, and the CPP's great victory in the election.
During the meeting between Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the NA President of Cambodia, which was also held on September 13, leaders of the two sides noted that there have been frequent meetings and discussions, and bilateral cooperation mechanisms to prove effective and sustainable Vietnam - Cambodia cooperation momentum in various fields over the past years.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and President of the Cambodian National Assembly (NA) Samdech Heng Samrin (Photo: VNA).|
Notably, despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts over the last two years, the economic partnership has generated encouraging outcomes. Bilateral trade approximated US$10 billion in 2021 and surpassed US$7 billion during the past 7 months of 2022, up 17.8% on-year. Vietnam currently has 188 valid investment projects worth US$2.8 billion in Cambodia, ranking first among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and fifth among all foreign direct investors in there.
Both host and guest highly valued the coordination to successfully organize many meaningful activities in the Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Year 2022, especially the June 20 ceremony chaired by the two PMs marking 45 years since the start of Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s journey to topple the Pol Pot genocidal regime and the celebration of the 55th anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic ties on June 24.
They also agreed to work together to effectively carry out the deals and plans on defence-security cooperation, prevent cross-border crimes, and conduct border demarcation and marker planting on the remaining 16% of their borderline so as to build a land border of peace, friendship, cooperation, and development.
The two leaders underscored the importance of enhancing economic connectivity, especially in transport, telecommunications, and finance - banking, to create a new impulse for partnerships in other spheres like trade, investment, energy, tourism, education - training, and locality-to-locality ties.
PM Chinh affirmed that Vietnam supports and believes Cambodia will successfully perform the chairmanship of ASEAN and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2022. He also asked the two countries to join other ASEAN members to step up efforts to maintain the bloc’s solidarity, unanimity, and centrality in strategic issues of the region, including the East Sea issue.
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