September, 24 2012 09:49:22

King's visit to strengthen ties, co-operation with Cambodia


Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni. — VNA File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni's State visit to Viet Nam, scheduled to begin today, will likely elevate further the two countries' neighbourliness, traditional friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation.

The three-day visit, which begins today and comes at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang, is the fourth made by King Norodom Sihamoni since he came to the throne in 2004.

The two countries are celebrating the Friendship Year 2012 and the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on June 24, 1967, Viet Nam and Cambodia have been constantly strengthening their political relations following the motto "good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, all-round cooperation and long-term sustainability".

Visits by high-ranking leaders were exchanged on a regular basis, most recently by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in December 2011 and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in April 2012, as well as one by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly Chairman Heng Samrin.

The two sides have organised various conferences together, such as the 12th session of the Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee in August 2011, the 7th Conference on Cooperation and Development between border provinces of Viet Nam and Cambodia in HCM City in March 2012, and the 3rd Viet Nam-Cambodia Investment Cooperation Conference in Kien Giang Province in June.

Security and defence cooperation between the two countries has been strengthened, helping to maintain stability and social order along their common border and prevent trans-national crimes.

Bilateral economic linkage, trade and investment have been growing rapidly. Two-way trade exceeded US$2.8 billion in 2011 and is expected to hit $3.4 billion in 2012.

Viet Nam has poured over $2.4 billion into 112 projects in Cambodia, focusing on rubber planting, mining, oil and gas exploration, energy, telecommunications, finance and banking.

Viet Nam has also continued to lend a helping hand to Cambodia in training its workforce in human resources and providing medical check-ups and treatment for Cambodian people.

The two countries' relevant agencies are also planting markers along the common border. So far, 239 positions have been decided for the planting of 289 border markers and 703 km of the border line has been demarcated.

The two sides pledged to complete the work as soon as possible. — VNS

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