Party chief’s visit charts new course for VN-Cambodia ties

Phnom Penh
– The visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offers Vietnam
and Cambodia a chance to chart a new course for their relationship, said Cambodia’s
Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen at his meeting with the Vietnamese leader in
Phnom Penh on July 20.

Hun Sen, who is
President of the Cambodian People’s Party, asserted that the visit by Party General
Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year bears a historical
significance and constitutes a vivid manifestation of the sound
neighbourliness, time-honoured traditional friendship between the two parties,
governments and people.

The leaders shared the views that achievements attained over the past 50 years
serve as an important foundation and provides a springboard for the two
countries to lift their ties to the next level with durable trust, productive
and concrete assistance, broader cooperation and closer coordination at
multilateral forums.

They affirmed that changes on the world arena cannot affect the solidarity and
friendship between the two countries, expressing their belief that the current
visit to Cambodia by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the recent
visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Hun Sen will help with spurring the friendly
neighbourliness and all-faceted cooperation between the two countries.

The leaders showed their delight that the ties between the two Parties and
countries have unceasingly been cemented and expanded across the board,
contributing to maintaining political stability and spurring socio-economic
development in the respective countries.

They agreed that
regular meetings and contacts between senior Party and State officials should
be maintained, cooperation of ministries, sectors, people’s organizations, and
localities, especially border ones, expanded, education on the bilateral ties
for people, especially youngsters, promoted, and coordination in organizing
activities marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, well

They renewed the principle of now allowing any political and military forces to
use one country’s territory to threaten the other’s security, stressing the
need to reinforce collaboration in humanitarian activities, managing the shared
border, checkpoints, and activities at sea, and combating trans-national

They reached a consensus on ratcheting up the search and repatriation of
remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers fallen in Cambodia as well as the
upgrade of Vietnam-Cambodia friendship monuments in both countries.

They agreed to step up connecting the two economies on a win-win basis, focusing
on infrastructure, energy, tourism, agriculture, forestry and fishery towards
achieving a two-way trade value of 5 billion USD prior to 2025.

Regarding the border issue, they renewed the respect and full implementation of
signed agreements, agreeing to soon complete the planting of auxiliary border
markers and sign posts and continue seeking fair and appropriate solutions to
completely tackle the border sections remained unfinished in order to make the
borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development. The
countries will work together closely in fighting against viewpoints and actions
that make corrupt of the border issue to undermine the two countries’
relations, they said.

The leaders discussed activities at regional and international organization and
multilateral forums and agreed to enhance the exchange of information and
coordination and work with regional countries to seek efficient measures to
maintain the peaceful, secure and development environment in the region and build
the strong and united ASEAN Community.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong raised the need to implement
cooperative initiatives in the greater Mekong sub-region on the basis of
protecting the environment without negatively affecting the livelihoods of
people living along the Mekong river.

He also referred to the development of a development triangle between Vietnam,
Laos and Cambodia and cooperation in the greater Mekong sub-region, among

On the East Sea issue, the leaders agreed to continue working closely with
countries concerned to push for the settlement of the dispute in the sea by
peaceful measures on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS
and regional commitments, the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct
of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the early completion of a Code of Conduct
in the area to maintain peace, stability, maritime and overflight safety and
freedom there. 

At the meeting, the
Vietnamese Party leader asked the PM to help the Vietnamese community lead a
stable life with secured legal status to enjoy fair treatment and contribute to
the host country’s growth.

On the occasion, the leaders witnessed the signing of a joint statement on
enhancing the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia, and
other cooperative documents, including the one on connecting the two economies
and a protocol on regular search and rescue in land border areas.

On the day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage laid
flowers at the statue of Norodom Sihanouk, and visited the King’s mother Norodom
Monineath Sihanouk.

They also laid a floral tribute to the Independence Monument, the Norodom
Sihanouk Memorial, and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument.

Later, King Norodom Sihamoni hosted a state banquet in honour of the Vietnamese
leader and his entourage.-VNA

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