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Vietnamese community in northwestern Cambodia celebrates the Party Congress

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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January 18, 2021 | 12:04

The Vietnam Consulate General in Battambang held a meeting with the Vietnamese community in the northwest of Cambodia to celebrate the 13th Party Congress and the spring of 2021 on the evening of January 16.

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The Vietnam Consulate General in Battambang held a meeting with the Vietnamese community in the northwest of Cambodia to celebrate the 13th Party Congress and the spring of 2021 on the evening of January 16. (Photo: Nhan Dan)

In a joyful atmosphere on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year, on behalf of the Party, State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and officials and employees of Vietnam's diplomatic missions and consulates in six provinces of Northwest Cambodia, including Battambang, Siem Reap, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey and Pailin, Consul General Le Tuan Khanh sent best wishes to the Vietnamese community in the area.

On this occasion, Mr. Le Tuan Khanh highlighted the proud achievements of Vietnam in the year 2020. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the drastic and flexible administration of the Government, and the spirit of universal solidarity, Vietnam has overcome difficulties and challenges, well-controlled the pandemic risk, maintained political and social stability, strengthened national defense and security and expanded foreign relations.

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Regarding the relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia, Consul General Le Tuan Khanh said that the bilateral political relationship was developing in depth. (Photo: VNA)

Regarding the relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia, Consul General Le Tuan Khanh said that the bilateral political relationship was developing in depth. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits of all levels between the two sides could not be carried out, however, dialogues through phone calls were still held regularly, making a practical contribution to the construction and development of each country.

In particular, the two sides have ratified and released the set of border maps and legal documents recognizing the results of land border demarcation. This is a fundamental legal basis for the people of the two countries to jointly build a border of peace, friendship for cooperation, and sustainable development.

Regarding economic, cultural, and educational cooperation, although there are certain difficulties, in 2020, trade exchange between the two countries will reach 5.3 billion USD. Currently, Vietnam is the fifth largest investor in Cambodia with 216 projects and total registered capital of over 3.2 billion USD.

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In the afternoon of the same day, the Consulate General of Vietnam in coordination with the Khmer-Vietnam Association of Battambang province and the Metfone Company organized a gift-giving ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

Looking back over the past year, Consul General Le Tuan Khanh warmly praised and highly appreciated the solidarity spirit of the Executive Committee of the Khmer-Vietnam Association of Cambodian Northwestern provinces in uniting people to preserve national cultural identity, heading towards the homeland, gradually adapting into the host society. At the same time, he spoke highly of Vietnamese enterprises in Northwest Cambodia that had operated effectively and practically contributed to the economic development of Vietnam and Cambodia.

On this occasion, on behalf of Vietnamese relatives in the area, Mr. Le Tuan Khanh thanked businesses, especially Metfone (Viettel Cambodia), for accompanying the Consulate General in the work of supporting the community to overcome difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent floods.

Earlier, in the afternoon of the same day, the representative of the Consulate General of Vietnam in coordination with the Khmer-Vietnam Association of Battambang province and the Metfone Company organized a gift-giving ceremony. The gift including rice and cash was given to 50 Vietnamese families who are subjected to difficulties on the upcoming traditional Lunar New Year.

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