HA NOI — The Vietnamese Government would do its best to work with the Cambodian Government to raise bilateral ties to a more effective and fruitful level, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Ha Noi yesterday.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung greets visiting Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
Dung told the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Hor Namhong there was huge potential for further co-operation between the two nations, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, tourism, education and training and cross-border links.
He also proposed the two sides work more actively within ASEAN forums to make the ASEAN community more prosperous.
Additionally, the two nations should co-operate with the Mekong River Commission to use the river's water resources sustainably and effectively.
Dung also said he hoped Cambodia would support the Vietnamese community living and working in Cambodia and be more efficient in border marking.
In return, Hor Namhong said that with the growing ties between the two countries, particularly in trade and investment, the Cambodian Government would create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businessmen making long-term investments in his country.
Hor Namhong briefed Dung on the outcome of the 12th Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee meeting in Ha Noi yesterday, with specific measures agreed to further co-operative ties.
He promised to aid the Vietnamese people living in Cambodia and said the two sides had been determined to complete land border demarcations by the end of 2012.
Earlier, Hor Namhong and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh co-chaired the 12th Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee's meeting.
The participants agreed that after the 11th session in December 2009, bilateral ties had reaped better outcomes.
Notably, the two-way export turnover reached US$1.8 billion last year and Viet Nam had become one of the leading investors in Cambodia.
It was hoped the figure would rise to $2 billion this year.
The two sides agreed yesterday to expand ties in education, with more of a focus on raising the quality of training and assisting enterprises to overcome difficulties to carry out projects and to sign new contracts.
They also wanted to map out a scheme on developing the Viet Nam-Cambodia border markets network to 2020.
Concerted efforts would be made to search for and bury the remains of Vietnamese army volunteers who died in Cambodia and to enhance co-operation within regional and international forums.
The 13th meeting will be held in Cambodia next year. — VNS