Party chief’s visit charts new course for Vietnam-Cambodia ties

Thursday, 2017-07-20 22:32:26
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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds talks with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on July 20. (Credit: VOV)
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NDO/VNA – The visit made by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offers Vietnam and Cambodia a chance to chart a new course for their relationship, said Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen at his meeting with the Vietnamese leader in Phnom Penh on July 20.

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Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian People’s Party, asserted that the visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, during the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year, bears a historical significance and constitutes a vivid manifestation of the great neighbourliness and time-honoured traditional friendship between the two parties, governments and people.

The leaders shared the views that the achievements attained over the past 50 years serve as an important foundation and provides a springboard for the two countries to lift their ties to the next level, with durable trust, productive and concrete assistance, broader cooperation and closer coordination at multilateral forums.

They affirmed that changes in the world arena cannot affect the solidarity and friendship between the two countries, expressing their belief that the current visit to Cambodia, by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, and the recent visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Hun Sen, will help in spurring the friendly neighbourliness and all-faceted cooperation between the two countries.

The leaders showed their delight that the ties between the two Parties and countries have been continuously cemented and expanded across the board, contributing to maintaining political stability and spurring socio-economic development in the respective countries.

They agreed that regular meetings and contact, between senior Party and State officials, should be maintained in order to ensure cooperation between the ministries, sectors, people’s organisations and localities, especially in border regions.

They renewed the principle of not allowing any political or military forces to use one country’s territory to threaten the other’s security, stressing the need to reinforce collaboration in humanitarian activities, management of the shared border, checkpoints, and activities at sea and combating trans-national crimes.

They reached a consensus on intensifying the search and repatriation of the remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers that fell in Cambodia, as well as the upgrading of Vietnam-Cambodia friendship monuments in both countries.

They agreed to step up connecting the two economies on a win-win basis, focusing on infrastructure, energy, tourism, agriculture, forestry and fishery, with the aim of achieving a two-way trade value of US$5 billion prior to 2025.

Regarding the border issue, they renewed the respect and full implementation of signed agreements, agreeing to complete the planting of auxiliary border markers and sign posts and to continue seeking fair and appropriate solutions to completely tackle the border sections that remained unfinished in order to make a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development. The countries will work closely together in fighting against any viewpoints or actions that could corrupt the border issue and undermine the two countries’ relations, they said.

The leaders discussed activities at regional and international organisations, as well as multilateral forums, and agreed to enhance the exchange of information and coordination while working with regional countries to seek efficient measures to maintain a peaceful and secure development environment in the region and build a strong and united ASEAN Community.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong raised the need to implement cooperative initiatives in the greater Mekong sub-region on the basis of protecting the environment, without negatively affecting the livelihoods of people living along the Mekong River.

He also referred to the creation of a development triangle between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and cooperation in the greater Mekong sub-region, among others.

On the East Sea issue, the leaders agreed to continue working closely with the countries concerned to push for the settlement of disputes in the sea by peaceful measures on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS and regional commitments, the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the early completion of a Code of Conduct in the area to maintain peace, stability, maritime and over-flight safety and freedom.

At the meeting, the Vietnamese Party leader asked the PM to help the Vietnamese community lead a stable life, with a secure legal status and, to enjoy fair treatment while contributing to the host country’s growth.

On the occasion, the leaders witnessed the signing of a joint statement on enhancing the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia, and other cooperative documents, including one on connecting the two economies and a protocol on regular search and rescue in land border areas.

The same day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage laid flowers at the statue of Norodom Sihanouk, and visited the King’s mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.

They also laid a floral tribute at the Independence Monument, the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial, and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument.

Later, King Norodom Sihamoni hosted a state banquet in honour of the Vietnamese leader and his entourage.