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Vietnam willing to support Cambodia: Vietnamese PM

Vietnam willing to support Cambodia: Vietnamese PM

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 09:38 GMT+7
Vietnam willing to support Cambodia: Vietnamese PM
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) shakes hands with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn in Hanoi on March 21, 2023. Photo: Vietnam Government Portal

The Vietnamese government is willing to assist, share experience with, and support its neighbor Cambodia in hosting important events this year within its capability, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said during a meeting on Tuesday with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn.

Cambodian Deputy PM Sokhonn was in Vietnam for an official visit between Monday and Wednesday and to co-chair the 20th Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held on Tuesday.

Cambodia will this year host its seventh National Assembly election, the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), the ASEAN Para Games, and the 12th summit of the Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam Development Triangle Area.

PM Chinh expected the two sides to effectively implement high-level agreements and joint statements.

In 2022, their bilateral trade reached over US$10 billion, up some 11 percent year on year.

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam had 205 investment projects with total registered capital of US$29.4 billion in Cambodia, making it the biggest ASEAN investor and among the five largest foreign direct investors in the neighboring country.

The Vietnamese government leader also asked the two countries to boost cross-border trade and the economic development in border areas.

The two sides should continue joining forces in fighting transnational and drug crimes as well as in green transition and climate change response.

Cambodian Deputy PM Sokhonn said that Cambodia always attaches importance to the reinforcement and development of good neighborliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, long-term and sustainable cooperation with Vietnam.

The two sides agreed to continue to closely cooperate with and support each other at regional and international forums, and jointly build a united, strong, and prosperous ASEAN.

On the same day, Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong also met with Cambodian Deputy PM Sokhonn.

State President Thuong affirmed that Vietnam always treasures the support of Kings Norodom Sihanouk and Norodom Sihamoni as well as the leaders and people of Cambodia for Vietnam in its revolution for national liberation in the past and its current development and defense.

Vietnam always attaches great importance and wants to ceaselessly strengthen the neighborliness, friendship, and cooperation with Cambodia, the Vietnamese state president added.

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Thanh Ha - Nhat Dang / Tuoi Tre News

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