The Kingdom will strengthen diplomatic ties on economic cooperation and the settlement of border issues with Vietnam, officials said yesterday.
Nguyen Van Ne, secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee, yesterday met with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh to discuss strengthening cooperation.
Kao Kim Hourn, minister attached to the Prime Minister, told reporters that Mr Van Nen noted the Kingdom’s rapid economic growth in recent years.
“He was happy with Cambodia’s achievements and said that Vietnam will continue to strengthen cooperation in order to maintain peace, stability, and especially development along the borders of both countries,” Mr Kim Hourn said.
He added that Mr Hun Sen responded by acknowledging that relations between the two countries expand across various sectors, including those that contribute to the Kingdom’s development.
“Prime Minister Hun Sen noted Cambodia’s strong economic growth, which is projected to grow by seven percent this year,” Mr Kim Hourn said.
The Prime Minister also said that the Kingdom will continue to carry out administrative reforms aimed at promoting sustainable economic growth and expand bilateral trade with Vietnam, which has so far reached about $5 billion.
“Cambodia has committed to continue to work together, especially to resolve border issues between both countries,” Mr Kim Hourn added.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said as neighbours, Cambodia and Vietnam will continue to enhance cooperation.
“Related to border issues, it is necessary for the two leaders to ensure that all issues are resolved and to guarantee an accurate demarcation of border posts as agreed by both countries in order to advance peace, development and trade,” Mr Phea said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn is to co-chair the 17th Meeting of the Cambodia-Vietnam Joint Commission for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh in Phnom Penh from today until Wednesday.
According to a ministry press release, the meeting has been held regularly to explore ways to further expand bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields.
“This meeting will further enhance the long-lasting fraternal ties and good neighbourliness between the two countries as well as making contributions to peace and prosperity in the region and beyond,” the press release added.
As of last year, Vietnam had about 210 investment projects in Cambodia, mostly in agriculture, with a total registered investment capital of about $3 billion.