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Heng Samrin back after trip to Vietnam, Laos

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Heng Samrin meets with Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith in Vientiane. National Assembly

National Assembly President Heng Samrin on Saturday returned to the Kingdom after fruitful talks during a five-day visit to Vietnam and Laos, an official said.

Chheang Vun, chief of the National Assembly’s commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information and Media, on Saturday told reporters that during his visit to Vietnam, Mr Samrin met Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and president of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Mr Vun said that during talks with Ms Thi Kim Ngan, Mr Samrin asked Vietnam to support human resource training for National Assembly staff, including providing technical equipment, and also discussed aid grants.

“A $25 million aid grant will be coming soon,” he noted.

Mr Vun said that the Vietnamese side requested Cambodia, especially Prime Minister Hun Sen, to ensure a smooth relocation of Vietnamese living in floating houses in the Kingdom.

He said that Mr Samrin replied that the relocation was being done based on the Kingdom’s laws which was also applied to Cambodians.

“We have implemented the laws equally to all those living in Cambodia, including Vietnamese and other nationals,” Mr Vun said. “We will try our best to protect all those who come to live in Cambodia based on our laws.”

Both sides also agreed to speedily finalise the demarcation of border posts in order to ensure peaceful and cooperative development.

Mr Vun said that during his visit to Laos, Mr Samrin held talks with his counterpart Pany Yathotou in Vientiane.

He said that the meeting touched on various issues of mutual interest, including the economy, trade, education and social affairs.

“The two NA presidents highly value the traditional ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative and executive bodies,” Mr Vun noted.

He said both parliaments pledged to push their respective governments to implement all previous agreements that have already been signed.

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