Update: 09:50 | 22/12/2021
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An on December 21 in Phnom Penh as part of his State visit to Cambodia.
During the meeting with the Cambodian PM, President Phuc congratulated Cambodia over the great accomplishments in socio-economic development and Covid-19 prevention and control that the Cambodian Government and people have gained, which he said helped contributed importantly to Cambodia’s strong growth and enhanced position in the region and the world.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
He wished Cambodia success in the organization of the communal elections in 2022 and general 2023, which will create a momentum for the country to realise its goal of becoming an upper middle income level country in 2030 and a high income level country in 2050.
PM Hun Sen hailed the significance of the Vietnamese President’s state-level visit, which he said contributes to further consolidating the “good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, sustainable long-term cooperation” between the two countries.
The two leaders informed each other on the socio-economic situation in their respective countries, and expressed satisfaction at the increasing effective and comprehensive development of the Vietnam-Cambodia cooperative relations throughout the past 55 years.
Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the two sides have made efforts to maintain mutual visits and high-level contact and discussion, optimize bilateral cooperative mechanism. As a result, bilateral collaboration in national defence-security, trade-investment and between localities continued to make progress.
The two leaders hailed the outcomes reached at the 19th session of the Joint Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held on December 19, 2021, which made a deep review of bilateral ties across the fields and outlined specific proposals to promote the ties.
They reached consensus on the directions for enhancing bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, focusing on the effective implementation of reached agreements between the two Parties and States.
The two leaders affirmed to further deepen cooperation in security-defence, including joint work to ensure border security and accelerate the search and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who died during the war in Cambodia.
They also agreed to promote partnership in education-training, justice, agro-fishery-forestry, natural resources-environment and tourism. The two sides will speed up negotiations on mutual recognition of each other’s vaccine passports/ Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
PM Hun Sen expressed deep gratitude to Vietnam for its great support and help for Cambodia’s cause of national liberation and escape from genocide, and pledged to continue working to develop bilateral ties.
President Phuc thanked Cambodia for the precious support that Cambodian leaders and people gave Vietnam in its struggle for national independence and reunification and the present national construction. He asked Cambodia to continue creating favourable conditions for Cambodians of Vietnamese origin, especially regarding their legal status.
President Phuc invited PM Hun Sen to visit Vietnam and the latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.
After the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing and handing over of seven cooperative documents between the two Governments, ministries and sectors, along with many contracts and business agreements.
The same day, President Phuc hosted a reception for Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An.
Phuc thanked the Cambodian Government, mass organisations and people for providing support for the Vietnamese counterparts in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, including 50,000 USD donated by the Cambodia – Vietnam Friendship Association.
Men Sam An stressed that Cambodia always treasures and thanks Vietnam for assisting Cambodia in the cause of national liberation and overthrowing genocidal regime as well as in national development at present.
The Deputy PM also agreed to step up people-to-people exchange activities and raise public awareness of the significance of bilateral traditional friendship, especially among young generations.