Then Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) welcomes his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen during the latter's visit to Vietnam in October 2019 (Photo: VNA)
State-level visit to Cambodia by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on December 21 - 22
is set to help further enhance political trust and intensify multifaceted cooperation
between the two countries.
The visit will be the first
to Cambodia by the State leader of Vietnam since the Vietnamese leadership was
completed after the 13th National Party Congress in January 2021. It
will also be the first visit to Cambodia by a foreign head of state this year.
The trip aims to implement
the foreign policy identified at the 13th National Party Congress,
which is treasuring and developing relations with neighbouring countries. It
takes place amid the continued growth of the two countries’ neighbourliness,
solidarity, traditional friendship, and comprehensive cooperation though both
have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is also one of the first
activities marking the “Vietnam - Cambodia, Cambodia - Vietnam Friendship Year”
and the 55th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (June
24, 1967 - 2022).
Vietnamese Ambassador to
Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang said during the visit, the two sides will review
cooperation outcomes over the past years, exchange views on the regional and
international issues of common concern, and discuss measures for addressing
difficulties and obstacles to promote cooperation in all fields, especially
economy. The countries’ leaders will also witness the signing of some important
He held that the Vietnam -
Cambodia relations should focus on education to raise public awareness,
particularly among the young, of the strategic significance, role, and
importance of bilateral ties so as to help strengthen political trust between
the two countries.
They should also step up
partnership in economic issues and make new breakthroughs in this regard;
bolster cooperation in security, defence, and foreign affairs to jointly
maintain a peaceful and stable environment for both nations, as well as the
region and the world; and increase the exchange and collaboration between their
peoples and localities, especially the ones situated along the shared
borderline, in order to help nurture the Vietnam - Cambodia friendship.
The visit will mark the start
of the Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Year 2022, Tang said, noting that it will
help reinforce the political trust and multifaceted cooperation and develop
bilateral relations in a more substantive and effective manner.
The trip will also
demonstrate Vietnam’s support for Cambodia’s internal and external activities
in the time ahead such as the general elections in 2023 and the ASEAN Chairmanship
in 2022, according to the diplomat.
Ambassador to Vietnam Chay Navuth described President Phuc’s visit as an
illustration of the close-knit ties as well as friendship between the two
Cambodia supports and highly
values Vietnam’s successful chairmanship of ASEAN, organisation of meetings,
and contribution to the elevation of the bloc’s cooperation to a new height
amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he went on.
He added the countries’ leaders
have regularly held phone talks and online discussions, which has once again
shown their solidarity and mutual assistance, along with Vietnam’s support for
Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship at a time the bloc is facing numerous challenges
like the competition among superpowers and the pandemic./.