– Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue
held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Heng Samrin via video
teleconference on June 3.
said he wants to closely cooperate with President of the Cambodian National
Assembly Samdech Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Hun Sen and other Cambodian
leaders to further promote and intensify the good neighbourliness, traditional
friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-lasting sustainability between
the two countries and legislatures.
Cambodian leader congratulated Vietnam on the success of the 13th National Party Congress and the elections of deputies to the 15th NA
and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021 – 2026 tenure and spoke highly
of the achievements the Party, State, Government and people of Vietnam have reaped
in the cause of national construction and socio-economic development.
also thanked the Party, State and people of Vietnam for supporting the
Cambodian people in their past struggle for national liberation and their
present process of national construction and development.
told his Cambodian counterpart that Vietnam has been making all-out efforts to
accomplish the dual goal of containing the COVID-19 pandemic and sustaining
positive economic growth, adding that the country managed to post a growth rate
of 2.91 percent last year.
Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue (left) holds talks with his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Heng Samrin via video teleconference on June 3 (Photo: VNA).
the COVID-19 situation remained complex, the nation’s economy performed well in
the first five months of 2021, Hue said.
to the NA Chairman, Vietnam’s industrial production expanded nearly 10 percent
compared to the same period last year. FDI inflows exceeded 14 billion USD.
Total retail sales of goods and services rose by 8 percent. Export revenues
reached more than 130 billion USD, up nearly 31 percent year-on-year, while
imports surged 36.4 percent. CPI rose 1.29 percent, the lowest since 2016.
Vietnam is striving to achieve GDP growth of around 6 percent this year.
reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to and giving a
high priority to strengthening its traditional friendship with Cambodia as well
as its support for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)’s leadership in building a
peaceful, independent and neutral Cambodia.
also expressed his support for Cambodia’s policy on regional and international
integration and multilateralisation and diversification of foreign relations,
thus contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the
world as a whole.
sides showed their delight at the growth of the bilateral ties as top leaders
of the two countries have maintained regular meetings and exchanges amid the
pandemic, while bilateral cooperation mechanisms continued to be effectively
upheld. Two-way trade totalled 3.9 billion USD in the first four months of 2021,
a year-on-year increase of 122 percent.
two leaders appreciated the two countries’ ratification of documents marking
the completion of 84 percent of land border demarcation and marker planting
workload, and expressed their hope that the remaining work will be completed to
build a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, for peace
and prosperity of the two nations’ people.
thanked the Cambodian National Assembly, Government and relevant agencies for
supporting the Vietnamese community living, studying and working in Cambodia
during the fight against the pandemic.
with his Vietnamese counterpart, Heng Samrin welcomed the two governments’
joint determination to consolidate cooperation and support each other in
ensuring security and preventing cross-border crimes such as human trafficking,
smuggling of drugs, forestry products, wild animals and explosives, as well as in stepping up socio-economic
development in border areas, and in combating COVID-19.
spoke highly of Vietnam’s efforts to well control the spread of the COVID-19
pandemic, while thanking Vietnam’s assistance to Cambodia’s fight through the
provision of medical supplies and equipment.
two leaders also discussed measures to boost parliamentary diplomacy.
affirmed that Vietnam will back and share experience with Cambodia to
successfully organise international conferences in 2021 and support Cambodia’s elections
of deputies to the 5th-tenure commune-ward councils in 2022 and to
the 7th-tenure National Assembly in 2023.
suggested both sides actively exchange information, coordinate closely and
support each other in regional and global issues, including activities at
multilateral forums and ASEAN cooperation framework and ASEAN-led mechanisms,
and within the frameworks of the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation,
the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Mekong sub-regional cooperation mechanisms, and
the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam tripartite cooperation.
Vietnamese leader vowed to coordinate with his Cambodian counterpart in
implementing the cooperation agreement between the two legislatures, signed in
Cambodia’s establishment of a young parliamentarians’ group, Hue suggested the
two NAs strengthen coordination and cooperation between their committees, the
Vietnam-Cambodia, Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Groups, and
female parliamentarians’ and young parliamentarians’ groups in legislatiion and
in supervising and making decisions on the nations’ important issues.
two leaders highlighted the need to encourage and supervise ministries,
sectors, localities and businesses to carry out signed agreements so as to
deepen the Vietnam-Cambodia comprehensive cooperation.
agreed to work together to hold activities and events to celebrate the 55th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2022 (June 24, 1967 –
two leaders took this occasion to invite the other to pay an official visit to
their respective country.
said that he will arrange to attend the 11th Asia-Europe
Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP) Meeting in Cambodia slated for October. He
expressed his hope that the meeting will be held in the in-person format when
the pandemic is put under control./.