Vietnam, Cambodia Determined to Strengthen Relationship

Both Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni share a common view of strengthening and developing the relationship between the two neighbouring countries.

At their talks in Phnom Penh on Feb. 27, the visiting Head of State of Viet Nam and his host agreed that the traditional friendship between the two countries was an invaluable possession, which is significant for the national construction in each country and contributing to the peace, stability, cooperation and development process of the region and the world.

Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet ( L) talks with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni

King Sihamoni expressed his delight at welcoming President Triet who is paying his first official visit to Cambodia, saying that the visit is an important event, opening a new stage of development of the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.

The King conveyed regards from his father Norodom Sihanouk and his mother Monineath Sihanouk to President Triet.

He recalled his sentiments from his Vietnam visit in March last year and appreciated the support and assistance from the Vietnamese State and people to the Cambodian Royal Family and Government.

President Triet affirmed Viet Nam's constant policy of respect and willingness to develop its relations with neighbouring countries, including Cambodia. He expressed his gratitude to the Cambodian King and his royal family, the government and people of Cambodia for their support to the Vietnamese people.

The host and guest agreed that the visit by the Vietnamese high-level delegation at a time when the two countries are preparing for the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties (June 26) is an activity to celebrate the event.

President Triet invited King Norodom Sihamoni to visit Vietnam next year. The King accepted and thanked him for the invitation.
The same day, President Triet held separate talks with Senate President Chea Sim, National Assembly Chairman Heng Samrin and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

President Triet laid wreaths at the Independence Monument and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument.

The Cambodian leaders spoke highly of President Triet's official visit, referring to it as a demonstration of the two countries' determination to increase their comprehensive cooperation.

Expressing delight at the new developments in the two countries' economic ties and trade, they suggested that the Vietnamese State leader should encourage more businesspeople to invest into Cambodia.

They appreciated the coordinated settlement of land border issues in the past and affirmed to go on with work of demarcating in order to complete the planting of land border markers by 2008, and toward delineating the two countries' water areas with the aim of building a common borderline of peace and long lasting stability.

At the talks, the Cambodian leaders expressed thanks to Vietnam's Party, State, Government and people for assisting the Cambodian people to escape from genocide as well as helping reconstruct the country.

"The Cambodian people have always been grateful to the Vietnamese people's valuable assistance, especially the help of Vietnamese volunteers," Prime Minister Hun Sen said.

"Without Vietnam's help, there would be no present-day Cambodia. The most valuable thing is that Vietnam has helped Cambodia revive," the Cambodian PM asserted.

He also took this opportunity to thank President Triet for his support for the agreements reached by the two PMs regarding cooperation in building Highway 18 and hydro-electric power plants, and planting rubber trees.

At these meetings, President Triet said he was glad to see cooperation agreements between the two countries being implemented actively.

He hailed the signing of a supplementary treaty regarding the 1985 border demarcation treaty and the planting of the first border marker at Ba Vet-Moc Bai as events of significant importance in the two countries' histories, and called for concerted efforts to complete the border marker planting on time.

In the evening, King Norodom Sihamoni hosted a national banquet in honour of the Vietnamese President.

The President also laid wreaths at the Independence and Cambodia-Viet Nam Friendship monuments.


Source: VNA

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