Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9 (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
received First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on
August 9, suggesting that Vietnam and Cambodia should strengthen their solidarity
and friendship, and support each other’s legitimate interests amid complicated
developments in the regional and global situations.
The PM welcomed the Cambodian delegation’s official
friendship visit to Vietnam at a time when the two nations are celebrating the
50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties (June 24), describing it as vivid
evidence of their growing relations.
First Vice President Nay Pena said his visit
conveys a message about the two countries’ sound relations. On behalf of the
Cambodian leaders and people, he thanked Vietnam for its wholehearted support
to the Cambodian people in the fight against the Pol Pot genocidal regime.
He informed about the results of Cambodia’s
commune/ward elections last June, in which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)
won a big victory. In recent years, Cambodia has achieved an annual average
growth of 7 percent, making it a middle-income country, he said.
The Cambodian leader also briefed his host about
the outcomes of his earlier talks with Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly
of Vietnam Tong Thi Phong, during which the two sides shared experience in
promoting socio-economic development and parliamentary cooperation.
PM Phuc stressed that the Government and people
of Vietnam are happy to witness the enormous and comprehensive achievements
that Cambodia has attained over the past years. Cambodia’s prestige and position
have continually been improved in the region and the world, he said.
The PM congratulated Cambodia on the results of
the commune/ward elections and expressed his belief that the upcoming general
election would be a success. He also believed that under the judicious reign of
King Norodom Sihamoni and the leadership of the Senate, the National Assembly
and the Government of Cambodia, the Cambodian people would continue obtaining
even greater accomplishments in building a country of peace, stability and
The Vietnamese leader also noted with pleasure
the continuous development of the traditional friendship and cooperation
between the two countries, which have brought practical benefits to their
Economic, trade and investment relations are
growing strongly, making Vietnam one of the leading trade and investment partners
of Cambodia, he noted, asking both sides to do their best to soon raise
bilateral trade to 5 billion USD.
He also underlined the need to increase
people-to-people exchanges, especially between the youth, and enhance
coordination among relevant agencies to soon complete the land border
demarcation and border marker planting, thereby helping to build the shared
borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development.
PM Phuc also called on First Vice President Nay
Pena and the Cambodian Senate to further help Vietnamese-Cambodians stabilise
their lives in the country so that they can contribute to Cambodia’s
development and the good neighbourliness between the two nations.
On the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding
anniversary, the PM also expressed his wish that the two countries will
continue unanimously contributing to the bloc’s development.-VNA