Foreign Affairs Ministry officials yesterday met with Vietnamese officials during the 6th political consultation meeting in Phnom Penh to discuss cooperation.
The meeting was attended by Eat Sophea, secretary of state at the Cambodian Foreign Affairs Ministry, and Nguyen Quoc Dung, vice minister of the Vietnamese Foreign Affairs Ministry, among other officials.
In a statement, the Cambodian Foreign Affairs Ministry said the political consultation was held in accordance with a 2001 Memorandum of Understanding signed by both sides with the purpose of agreeing to review, evaluate and boost bilateral cooperation in all sectors.
“Cambodia and Vietnam have a historic relationship of friendship and solidarity,” the statement said. “The 6th political consultation will promote friendship, spirit of solidarity and close cooperation between both countries.”
It added that both sides discussed and evaluated bilateral cooperation in the sectors of politics, security, national defence, business, investment, education, human resource development, tourism, culture, labour, infrastructure connectivity and health.
It said that Ms Sophea was pleased about the meeting yesterday and she is looking forward to holding regular political dialogues with Vietnam.
It noted that both sides last met during the last political consultation meeting in Hanoi in 2016. In the statement, Ms Sophea said the meeting would prepare both sides for an upcoming joint meeting next month.
“I hope we can comprehensively exchange views on international issues of common interest, and lay good groundwork for our upcoming 17th Joint Commission Meeting that Cambodia will host next month,” she said.
Ms Sophea noted in the statement that Cambodia’s historical tie with Vietnam has brought prosperity and bond.
“Many exchanges of visit at all levels, growing trade and economic [cooperation] further develop their excellent bond in the spirit of good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-lasting stability,” she said.
Ms Sophea said Vietnam next year will assume the chairmanship of Asean. She said Cambodia and other Asean member states will support Vietnam in order to ensure the success of Asean.
She added that any meeting Vietnam hosts aims to enhance peace, stability, prosperity in the region and build a more cohesive and resilient Asean community.
According to the statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn met the Vietnamese delegation shortly after.