Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday praised the strong cooperation between the Kingdom and Vietnam, saying bilateral trade for the first six months of this year was about $3 billion while it was about $4.7 billion for the whole of last year.
He said both countries continue to strengthen socio-economic ties through trade, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.
Mr Sokhonn was speaking at the 17th Meeting of the Cambodia-Vietnam Joint Commission for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which he jointly chaired with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh, at the ministry.
The Cambodia-Vietnam JC meeting is held annually and is aimed at providing updates on progress made in bilateral cooperation as well as to explore ways to further expand ties in various fields.
Mr Sokhonn said he strongly believes the joint meetings significantly contribute towards strengthening relations between both countries.
“I have noticed that bilateral relations and cooperation between our two countries continue to grow and have led to fruitful results, including the exchange of visits by top leaders and officials,” he said.
Mr Sokhonn noted that Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman of Vietnam’s National Assembly, had recently visited the Kingdom.
He said that last year Prime Minister Hun Sen was well received by Mr Nguyen when he visited Vietnam.
“The exchange of visits and the meetings of the top leaders last year and recently have increased trust and understanding, resulting in stronger cooperation by both countries not only bilaterally but also at the regional and international levels,” Mr Sokhonn said.
He highlighted Vietnam’s achievements, especially its economic growth of about 7.08 percent in 2018.
Mr Sokhonn also praised Vietnam’s infrastructure, social affairs, human resources, scientific and technical development under the country’s Communist Party.
He also congratulated Vietnam on being elected to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member from 2020-2021.
“This shows that the world acknowledges Vietnam’s role in helping to resolve regional and global problems,” Mr Sokhonn said.
He also thanked Vietnam for liberating Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge regime, noting that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the liberation.
“On behalf of the Royal Government and Cambodian people, I reaffirm our thanks to Vietnam’s government and people, especially its troops, for saving Cambodia from a genocidal regime,” Mr Sokhonn said.