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Trade, cooperation on agenda as Cambodia's PM Hun Manet visits Vietnam next week

Trade, cooperation on agenda as Cambodia's PM Hun Manet visits Vietnam next week

Friday, December 08, 2023, 12:34 GMT+7
Trade, cooperation on agenda as Cambodia's PM Hun Manet visits Vietnam next week
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet. Photo: Reuters

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet will visit Vietnam on Monday and Tuesday next week at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

This will be the Cambodian leader’s first visit to neighboring Vietnam since he took office in August.

Manet previously visited Vietnam in August last year when he was Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

PM Chinh will chair a welcome ceremony for his Cambodian counterpart.

They will hold talks and witness the signing of cooperation agreements.

The two leaders were set to visit the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi and talk to students there.

They will also attend the Vietnam-Cambodia trade and investment promotion forum.

During his working trip, the Cambodian premier will meet with Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Vo Van Thuong, and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

Ties between Vietnam and Cambodia have developed stably and positively since they were established in 1967.

High-level diplomatic exchanges between the two countries have intensified, with the latest visit made by President of the Cambodian National Assembly Samdech Khuon Sudary to Vietnam earlier this month.

PM Chinh and PM Manet met for the first time when they attended the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Indonesia in September this year.

During the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in China in October, State President Thuong had a meeting with PM Manet.

He transferred PM Chinh’s invitation for a visit to Vietnam to Manet and got the latter’s agreement.

During these meetings, the two sides agreed to boost high-level exchanges to deepen the two countries’ relations.

There is ample room for Vietnam and Cambodia to enhance their cooperation in economy and infrastructure, expert said.

The two countries’ bilateral trade reached a record of more than US$11 billion last year.

In the January-July period this year, the figure was $5.3 billion, with Vietnam earning $3 billion from exports to the neighboring country.

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Thanh Ha - Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre News

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