|President Truong Tan Sang . — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
PHNOM PENH (VNS) — Viet Nam and Cambodia had plenty of room to further their ties, President Truong Tan Sang told Rasmei Kampuchea, the largest daily Khmer newspaper in Cambodia ahead of his visit to the country from December 23-24.
The front page of the daily published yesterday covered an interview with the President by Editor-In-Chief Pen Samitthy.
Sang said his visit aimed to deepen the traditional friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and Cambodia, meeting the aspirations of the two peoples.
He added that he hoped more visits would take place in the future at all levels to raise mutual understanding.
Both countries should strengthen co-operation across tourism, telecommunications, banking, oil and gas, industry and agriculture towards achieving a trade value of US$5 billion in 2015 as agreed, he said.
He added that science-technology, education, healthcare and culture also needed due attention.
Viet Nam would provide more scholarships for Cambodian graduates and post-graduates studying in the country, he promised.
He suggested raising awareness among younger generations of their traditional bilateral ties and work on border demarcation for a border of peace, friendship, co-operation and development.
In regional and international arenas, the two countries should offer mutual support within the Cambodia-Laos-Viet Nam Development Triangle, the Ayeywady – Chao Praya – Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy, the Greater Mekong Sub-region, ASEAN and the United Nations, he said.
He noted the two countries had overcome many difficulties and made many sacrifices for their independence and freedom, and these achievements needed to be handed down to the next generations.
The President said that political and diplomatic ties between the two countries had deepened based on mutual trust and understanding.
Economic, trade and investment co-operation were the priorities in the partnership, as well as security and defence.
Co-operation in education, training, healthcare and culture had also increased, Sang told the paper.
To conclude the interview, the State leader expressed his belief that the bilateral friendship and co-ordination between the two countries would continue to take great strides. — VNS