A banquet was held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia on February 6, attracting representatives of Vietnamese businesses and students in the country, the Association of Vietnamese-Cambodian people and some Vietnamese provinces bordering Cambodia such as Dak Lak, Gia Lai and Tay Ninh.
Addressing the event, Ambassador Vu Quang Minh highlighted Vietnam’s achievements last year, adding that 2017 recorded significant diplomatic successes, especially hosting APEC Year 2017, helping to promote the country’s stature.
Regarding Vietnam-Cambodia ties, he said the two sides continued delegation exchanges at all levels and strengthened trust between their leaders and peoples. Ministries, sectors and localities coordinated to organise activities marking 50 years of diplomatic ties.
Bilateral trade reached US$3.7 billion in 2017, up 28% year on year. With 196 investment projects worth nearly US$3 billion, Vietnam is among the five biggest foreign investors in Cambodia.
The diplomat said Vietnamese people in Cambodia greatly contributed to the homeland’s resistance wars in the past and the two countries’ friendship at present.
He asked the expatriates to overcome difficulties and keep solidarity to serve as a bridge linking the two countries.
On February 5, nearly 200 Vietnamese students of the University of the West of England, Bristol, the UK, and their international peers from nearby universities also gathered at a programme to celebrate Tet.
The annual event featured numerous activities, including plays, musical performances and a fashion show.