|Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh meets with Cambodian counterpart, Hor Nam Hong. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Khu
PHNOM PENH (VNS) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has commended the Viet Nam - Cambodia Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural and Scientific Co-operation for nurturing co-operation between the two nations.
The Cambodian leader was greeting Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is in Phnom Penh to co-chair the 13th meeting of the committee.
He said he was satisfied with the blooming relationship between the two countries, demonstrated by his visit to Viet Nam from December 26-28 last year, and PM Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to his country from January 12-14 this year.
Minh congratulated the Cambodian people for their all-around achievements under the leadership of the Government led by Hun Sen over the past 35 years.
He said he was confident in Cambodia's national construction under the reign of King Norodom Sihamoni and the leadership of its Parliament and Government in the fifth tenure.
On the same day, the 13th meeting of the Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation took place in Phnom Penh with the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Hor Nam Hong.
Both sides reviewed the implementation of agreements reached at the previous event, expressing their delight that the growing friendship and bilateral comprehensive cooperation have greatly benefited their people.
While political ties have been reinforced by the exchange of visits by the top leaders, co-operation in economics, trade and investment has seen strong growth, with two-way trade reaching US$3.5 billion in 2013. Viet Nam has had 128 investment projects in Cambodia with a total registered capital of over $3 billion.
Co-operation in other fields, including education and training, telecommunications and tourism, and connection in security and defence, land border demarcation and exchanges among localities of both countries has been intensified.
The two sides agreed to beef up education cooperation, and economic ties and support businesses to overcome difficulties and effectively conduct joint projects towards two-way trade of $5 billion by 2015.
Viet Nam and Cambodia will accelerate the connectivity between the two economies, especially in transport, telecommunications, finance, banking and tourism, and encourage their localities to strengthen exchanges, contributing to consolidating the bilateral friendship and co-operation.
The two sides reiterated their determination to complete land border demarcation at an early date to build a shared border of peace, stability, co-operation and mutual development.
They also agreed to continue working closely in searching and repatriating the remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers killed in Cambodia.
Both sides reaffirmed the principle of not allowing any hostile forces to abuse the territory of either country to carry out activities harming the security of the other country.
They also reached a consensus on ensuring the legitimate rights of each other's overseas citizens.
Both countries underscored the significance of protecting and using the Mekong River water resources in a sustainable manner, as well as the necessity to bolster cooperation in the framework of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), the Mekong River Commission, the Viet Nam-Laos-Cambodia Development Triangle and Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam (CLMV) co-operation, as well as the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Co-operation Strategy (ACMECS).
They also agreed to continue boosting co-operation in the frameworks of ASEAN and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and other international forums. Following the meeting, the two Deputy PMs signed the meeting's minutes, deciding to organise the next event in Viet Nam in 2015. — VNS