|Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang meets with Great Supreme Patriarchs Tep Vong during his State visit to Cambodia. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
PHNOM PENH (VNS) — Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang met with Great Supreme Patriarchs Tep Vong and Bour Kry yesterday during his State visit to Cambodia.
He said the close co-operation between Buddhists of the two countries had contributed importantly to strengthening bilateral friendship and solidarity, expressing hopes that the Great Supreme Patriarchs, with their role and prestige, would help further the ties.
He visited the Cho Ray-Phnom Penh hospital, a joint venture facility that has been operating since January to provide free medical services to 1,500 poor patients in Phnom Penh. The hospital is working with HCM City's Health Department to offer eye surgery to 100 others.
The President asked Vietnamese and Cambodian doctors and nurses to continue co-ordinating and sharing experience to make the hospital's operation a success.
The Vietnamese leader also held a working session of representatives from the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Cambodia (AVIC).
He received proposals relating to the completion of procedures to make the two countries' investment protection and promotion agreement formally effective, the early signing of an agreement on double taxation avoidance and the further amending of an agreement on goods and services exchanges at border areas.
The President congratulated the Vietnamese business community on making the country the fifth-largest investor in Cambodia with 134 projects worth US$3.36 billion. However, potential for further collaboration remained huge, he stated, affirming that the country would adopt measures and strategies to facilitate stable and long-term Vietnamese investments in Cambodia for mutual, equal benefit.
He asked Vietnamese businesses to make further efforts to improve and expand their operations, strictly obey Cambodia's laws and customs and contribute more to local social welfare activities and poverty reduction.
|Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang (L) meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
Viet Nam and Cambodia issued a joint statement on the conclusion of President Sang's official visit to Cambodia at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni.
During his stay, Sang met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, National Assembly Chairman Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Hun Sen, First Vice President of the Senate Say Chhum and Great Supreme Patriarchs Tep Vong and Bour Kry.
The leaders exchanged in-depth opinions on the friendship and comprehensive co-operation between Viet Nam and Cambodia as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern. They rejoiced at the development of the countries' amity in recent years, saying it had benefited both peoples.
Viet Nam and Cambodia would increase high-level meetings and all-level visits and encourage people-to-people exchanges, especially between border localities, the officials said. They also underlined the importance of educating the two peoples about their time-honoured friendship and mutual assistance.
The two sides agreed to create favourable conditions and provide equal treatment for the Vietnamese and Cambodian communities in their respective countries. The Vietnamese side thanked the Cambodian Government for ensuring the legitimate rights of Vietnamese citizens.
The leaders voiced pleasure at the countries' co-ordination at multilateral forums. They pledged to continue collaboration, information sharing and mutual support at multilateral forums in which both Viet Nam and Cambodia are members.
The two nations would actively engage in the construction of the ASEAN Community, scheduled to be formed on December 31, 2015, and build major orientations for its next stage of development, they said. In addition, they would exert all efforts to consolidate and uphold the solidarity and central role of ASEAN and contribute to regional peace, security, stability and development. — VNS