Party leader continues activities within state visit to Cambodia

Saturday, 2017-07-22 17:58:33
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Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong and Cambodian PM Hun Sen (photo: VOV)
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NDO/VNA – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum and Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Minister of the Royal Palace Samdech Kong SomOl on July 22 cut the ribbon to inaugurate a Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Preah Sihanouk province.

The event was part of the Vietnamese Party Chief’s State visit to Cambodia from July 20-22 at the invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.

The same day, Party General Secretary Nguyen PhuTrong visited the Preah Sihanouk International Seaport, the only deep-water port of Cambodia.

Beginning operation in 1960 after four years of construction, the 150ha seaport is an important entrepot of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the world as well, with the volume of cargo and containers handled at the port increasing 10-15% annually.

Up to 73% of Cambodia’s imports and exports are transported through the port, which has contributed US$65 million to the country’s State budget in recent years.

Impressed by the port’s rapid and comprehensive development, Party General Secretary Trong hoped that it will go onto become a modern port of the region and the world.

He also spoke highly of cooperation and mutual support between the Preah Sihanouk International Seaport and Vietnam’s ports, including those in Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City, suggesting the two sides advance their collaboration to practically contribute to economic, trade and investment development in each nation.

Also on July 22, the Party chief met with officials of the Vietnamese Consulate General in Preah Sihanouk province.

On July 21 evening, CPP President and Prime Minister of Cambodia Samdech Hun Sen hosted a banquet in honour of Party General Secretary Nguyen PhuTrong and his entourage.

PM Hun Sen said the CPP and Cambodian people will do their utmost to consolidate and develop the solidarity, traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, Governments and people, for the benefit of both nations, and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world as well.

He voiced his belief that Party General Secretary Trong’s visit would help strengthen the relationship for prosperity of both Vietnam and Cambodia, as neighbouring countries and ASEAN members.

Sharing PM Hun Sen’s view, the Vietnamese leader believed that under the sound leadership of the two Parties and Governments, the bilateral relationship would certainly be developed to new heights in a more practical and effective manner, meeting the aspirations of their people and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.