HA NOI — Viet Nam and Cambodia had a fine traditional, friendly and neighbourly relationship that was developing strongly in all fields, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
The PM was speaking at a reception for visiting Cambodian Secretary of State, General Neang Phat, in Ha Noi.
The PM said he hoped the two sides would co-operate more closely in personnel training, joint sea patrols and naval activities, as well as at regional forums, especially the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM+), for peace, stability, co-operation and development throughout the region.
Dung said he was grateful that the Cambodian Government and army were continuing to help return the remains of Vietnamese soldiers found in Cambodia.
General Neang Phat said his visit aimed to further strengthen ties between the two armies, adding that he wanted them to always co-operate and support each other, especially in military training, construction and development.
He said that as an officer in charge of politics and thought in the Cambodian Royal Army, he would do his utmost to educate Cambodian military officers about the traditions, solidarity and friendship between Vietnamese and Cambodian armies.
Earlier in the day, the Cambodian delegation held talks with Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics under the Viet Nam People's Army.
At the talks, the two sides assessed the results of the implementation of their plans in 2011 and the first six months of 2012 and discussed plans for the future.
Lich said that recent bilateral defence co-operation results were clear evidence of the friendship and solidarity between the two armies.
He suggested that the two sides co-ordinate activities to raise people's awareness of the importance of strengthening the ties between the two countries.
The Cambodian delegation also paid a courtesy visit to Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh. — VNS