Vietnam, Cambodia vow to boost ties

Vietnam and Cambodia on November 4 agreed to intensify their friendship and comprehensive cooperation to lift the ties to a new height in the years to come.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and visiting PM Hun Sen expressed their satisfaction at the development of bilateral relations over the recent past during their talks held after a welcome ceremony in Hanoi .

PM Dung stressed the significance of the visit by the Cambodian PM, saying that the visit would help strengthen neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

The Vietnamese government leader spoke highly of his Cambodian counterpart’s contribution to cementing friendly and cooperative ties between the two sides and congratulated him on being re-elected as Cambodian Prime Minister for the fourth term.

PM Hun Sen said his visit aims to enhance friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

He thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their assistance to Cambodia in the past as well as during the current national construction and development.

The two PMs agreed to promote the exchange of visits by delegations at all levels to increase mutual understanding and give priorities to cooperation in human resources development, trade and investment, energy, mining, oil and gas, industrial crops and transport.

The two sides were unanimous in creating favourable conditions for trade and service activities in order to raise two-way trade to more than 2 billion USD by 2010, and encouraging cooperation between localities.

They also agreed to continue their close cooperation in security and defence, as well as the fight against terrorism, transnational crimes, smuggling, and drug and human trafficking.

The two sides reaffirmed their principle of preventing all hostile forces from using the territory of either country to do harm to the other and undermining the Vietnam- Cambodia friendly and cooperative ties.

The two PMs highly valued the achievements made in the planting of border markers and affirmed their determination to accelerate the work in the principle of strictly observing the 1985 treaty on land border demarcation and the 2005 supplementary treaty. They were resolved to complete the historical work in the first six months of 2012.

During the talks, the two PMs also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern and agreed to further their cooperation at international and regional forums.

Following the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of five agreements, including the ones on visa exemption for ordinary passport holders, transit of goods and railway cooperation.

Other cooperation agreements were reached between the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications and the Cambodian Information Ministry and between the Radio Voice of Vietnam and the Cambodian National Radio.

Source: VNA

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