Vietnam, Cambodia Strengthen Collaboration
|General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and President of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: VNA|
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and Prime Minister Hun Sen co-chaired a high-level meeting between the two Parties in Hanoi on February 18, VNA reported Saturday.
The event aims to enhance good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, sustainable and long-term cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia.
At the meeting, the leaders briefed each other on the situation of their respective Parties and countries, and compared notes on the regional and international situation.
They also looked into cooperation outcomes between the two Parties over the past time and orientations for the time ahead.
The leaders called the solidarity between Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos a priceless asset, one of the most important factors and a great source of strength for the past struggle for national liberation, and the present cause of independence defence, construction and development of each country.
They rejoiced at the intensive and extensive developments of the relations between the two Parties, States and peoples across spheres, with stronger political, defence and security cooperation, and improvements in collaboration in economy, culture, education, and science-technology.
Both extended their congratulations on major achievements recorded by the two peoples in national construction and development.
Trong stressed the strategic significance of the Vietnam-Cambodia relations to security and development of each country, for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
|At the high-level meeting between the two Parties. Photo: VNA|
For his part, Hun Sen suggested that apart from consolidating and promoting the bilateral political ties, the two countries should step up partnership in economy and trade in service of their development cause.
On this occasion, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh spoke highly of the bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, investment, culture, education, science-technology, national defence and security, and proposed some specific cooperation orientations.
The two sides consented that the two Parties need to strengthen their solidarity, continue their close coordination and mutual support, and consider the political ties leading importance to orienting the relations between the two Parties and States.
The two countries will also work to consolidate collaboration in national defence and security, and forge bilateral diplomatic ties, as well as cooperation in economy, culture, education and science-technology by utilising their potential and advantages.
They will intensify cooperation between agencies of the Parties and the National Assemblies, Governments, Fatherland Fronts, people’s organisations and localities of the two countries.
The same day, PM Chinh hosted a reception in Hanoi for General Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence of Cambodia.
The host affirmed that Vietnam always attaches great importance and give priority to reinforcing and promoting the sound neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive, sustainable and long-term partnership with Cambodia.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) receives General Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence of Cambodia. Photo: VNA|
Defence collaboration will continue to be an important pillar in the bilateral ties, he said, welcoming the two Ministries of National Defence's coordination in implementing 30 meaningful activities to mark the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2022.
PM Chinh asked the two ministries and militaries to continue to work closely together to effectively realise the common perceptions among leaders of the two sides, while strengthening collaboration at multilateral forums and a wide range of areas such as digital transformation, bomb and mine clearance, and economic development.
He requested the border guard forces of the two sides to increase exchange activities and joint patrols to protect the shared border and border markers, preventing all kinds of cross-border criminals, thus safeguarding the border security and order, boosting border trade and people-to-people exchanges along the border, and building a shared border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development.
The Government leader pledged that Vietnam will support and assist Cambodia in organising important activities in 2023, including the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 32) and Para Games.
PM Chinh said he hopes General Tea Banh will continue to make positive contributions to the strengthening of the comprehensive partnership between the two countries across all fields.
For his part, General Tea Banh highly valued the growth of ties between the two countries over the past more than one half a century despite challenges and difficulties, securing sound neighborliness, traditional friendship and comprehensive partnership.
He affirmes that Cambodia treasures its ties with Vietnam, and thanked Vietnam for the solidarity and great support that the Party, State, military and people of Vietnam have given to Cambodia during its fight against the Pol Pot genocidal regime in the past and its current national construction and development.
He expressed gratitude to Vietnam for coordination in repatriating the remains of 49 Cambodian martyrs.
As the head of the Organising Board of SEA Games 32, General Tea Banh thanked Vietnam's goodwill and showed hope for more support from Vietnam in hosting the sport event.
He pledged that the military and Ministry of National Defence of Cambodia will actively implement agreements reached by high-ranking leaders of both sides, and he himself will work for the strengthening of sound neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation, and long-term sustainability between the two countries and two militaries.
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