PM Phuc said Vietnam and Cambodia should reinforce 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 flourishing ties.
First Vice President Nay Pena for his part 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) notched up a big victory. In recent years, Cambodia has achieved an annual average growth of 7%, 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 boosting socio-economic development and parliamentary cooperation.
The Government and people of Vietnam are happy to witness the tremendous achievements Cambodia has recorded 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 prosperous development.
The Vietnamese leader also noted with satisfaction the continuous development of the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries, there by practically benefiting to their people.
Economic, trade and investment relations are growing steadily, making Vietnam one of the leading trade and investment partners of Cambodia, he noted, calling the joint efforts from both sides to raise bilateral trade to US$ 5 billion in the time to come.
He also underscored the need to intensify people-to-people exchanges, especially between the youth, and augment 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 regional grouping's development.
At a reception for Mr Ney Pena in Hanoi the same day, Ngan said Vietnam ensures top priority to strengthening the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia, and their mutual support at international and regional forums.
He hailed the positive outcome of talks between First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena and Vietnamese National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong.
She expressed her hope that the Cambodian Senate will continue to assist Vietnamese expats in stabilizing their lives and contribute to developing Cambodia and the friendly neighborliness between the two peoples.
Nay Pena thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for helping the Cambodian people escape from the Pol Pot genocidal regime.
Cambodia and Vietnam are neighbours who stood side by side in the struggles for each country’s independence, he said.
On this occasion, Chairwoman Ngan asked Nay Pena to convey her invitation to Cambodia’s Senate President Samdech Say Chhum and NA President Samdech Heng Samrin to attend the 26th annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum set for for January 2018 in Vietnam.