PM Phuùc holds talks with Cam­bo­dian coun­ter­part

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HAØ NOÄI — Vieät Nam has al­ways pri­ori­tised boost­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with Cam­bo­dia for the ben­e­fit of their peo­ple and busi­nesses, and to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of each na­tion, Prime Minister Nguyeãn Xuaân Phuùc has said.

Phuùc made the state­ment yesterday while hold­ing talks with Cam­bo­dian Prime Minister Samdech Te­cho Hun Sen, who has been on an of­fi­cial visit to Vieät Nam from De­cem­ber 6-8.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing Hun Sen and the rul­ing Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple’s Party (CPP) on their vic­tory in the elec­tion of the sixth Na­tional Assem­bly, Phuùc said the Cam­bo­dian leader’s visit helped cre­ate im­pe­tus for bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

Assert­ing the im­por­tance of con­sol­i­dat­ing friend­ship to main­tain a peace­ful and sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment, the two lead­ers agreed to or­gan­ise cer­e­monies in both nations to mark the 40th an­niver­sary of Cam­bo­dia’s vic­tory over the geno­ci­dal Kh­mer Rouge regime (Jan­uary 7, 1979-2019).

They ex­pressed de­light at the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in re­cent years, with the reg­u­lar ex­change of meet­ings and vis­its by high-level lead­ers, sec­tors and border-shar­ing lo­cal­i­ties.

Two-way trade has made great strides in 2018, with the fig­ure es­ti­mated to hit US$4.5 bil­lion for the whole year. Vieät Nam con­tin­ues to be one of the top 10 in­vestors in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try, reg­is­ter­ing some $ 3 bil­lion in more than 200 projects. Vieät Nam is the sec­ond big­gest source of in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors to Cam­bo­dia with more than 500,000 ar­rivals.

Phuùc sug­gested ac­cel­er­at­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a frame­work agree­ment con­nect­ing the two economies signed in 2017, en­hanc­ing co-op­er­a­tion in trans­port, tourism, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and bank­ing, as well as putting border mar­kets in Cam­bo­dia’s Tbong Kh­mum prov­ince into use soon.

Both lead­ers called for co-or­di­na­tion to match Cam­bo­dia’s ‘Quad­ran­gle-De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy’, while call­ing for ef­forts to out­line poli­cies to in­crease Viet­namese in­vest­ments in Cam­bo­dia and vice versa.

The two sides ap­plauded ef­forts made by Vieät Nam’s Min­istry of In­dus­try and Trade and Cam­bo­dia’s Min­istry of Com­merce to com­plete ne­go­ti­a­tions on the Border Trade Agree­ment and sign a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) on the re­sults.

They ex­pressed their be­lief the two coun­tries will reach the tar­get of $5 bil­lion by 2020.

The lead­ers agreed to en­hance ties in ed­u­ca­tion-train­ing, agro­forestry-aqua­cul­ture, cul­ture-arts and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change.

Hun Sen thanked Vieät Nam for its pro­vi­sion of schol­ar­ships to Cam­bo­dian stu­dents and gov­ern­ment per­son­nel to study in Vieät Nam, stress­ing his coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment over the last 40 years can­not be sep­a­rated from the as­sis­tance of the Viet­namese Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple.

They reached a con­sen­sus on shap­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions un­der the motto ‘good neigh­bourli­ness, tra­di­tional friend­ship, and com­pre­hen­sive co- op­er­a­tion and long-term sus­tain­abil­ity’, adding that ties will be deep­ened via vis­its and ex­change of del­e­ga­tions, as well as the ex­ist­ing 22 di­a­logue and co-op­er­a­tion mech­a­nisms.

The two PMs agreed to en­hance the ef­fi­ciency of de­fencese­cu­rity co-op­er­a­tion, not to let hos­tile forces use their coun­tries’ ter­ri­to­ries to harm the other na­tion’s se­cu­rity and to work to­gether to pre­vent crime.

They also voiced their de­sire to le­galise 84 per cent of the border de­mar­ca­tion and marker plant­ing-re­lated work in 2019, to­wards build­ing a border of peace, friend­ship, co-op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

Re­gard­ing re­gional and global is­sues, the two lead­ers agreed on the need to main­tain peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion, af­firm­ing the two coun­tries will co­or­di­nate to con­tinue build­ing the ASEAN Com­mu­nity.

They also pledged to pro­mote co-op­er­a­tion within the Cam­bo­dia-Laos- Vieät Nam De­vel­op­ment Tri­an­gle and the Greater Mekong Sub-re­gion to nar­row the de­vel­op­ment gap and sus­tain­ably use Mekong wa­ter re­sources.

In the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, the two coun­tries will work to­gether in 2020 when Vieät Nam takes over the ASEAN Chair­man­ship and Cam­bo­dia will host the ASEM Sum­mit.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the talks, the PMs wit­nessed the sign­ing of five co-op­er­a­tion deals, in­clud­ing a gov­ern­ment-level MoU on Vieät Nam-Cam­bo­dia Trans­port Co­op­er­a­tion Strat­egy for 2018-25 with a vi­sion to 2030; MoUs on the com­ple­tion of ne­go­ti­a­tions of the border trade agree­ment and ed­u­ca­tion co-op­er­a­tion; the min­utes on the com­ple­tion of 84 per cent of the border de­mar­ca­tion and marker plant­ing work in the field and fu­ture plans for the work; and an agree­ment on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pro­ject us­ing Vieät Nam’s non-re­fund­able aid cap­i­tal for Cam­bo­dia to build a num­ber of items in the com­mu­nity-based vol­un­tary drug detox­i­fi­ca­tion cen­tre pro­ject in Preah Si­hanouk Prov­ince. pre­serve, pro­tect and nur­ture its sol­i­dar­ity and com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion with Cam­bo­dia, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of Vieät Nam and Pres­i­dent Nguyeãn Phuù Troïng said at a re­cep­tion for vis­it­ing Cam­bo­dian PM yesterday.

The leader reaf­firmed Vieät Nam’s for­eign pol­icy of in­de­pen­dence, diver­si­fi­ca­tion and mul­ti­lat­er­al­i­sa­tion of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions as well as the coun­try’s consistent pol­icy of not join­ing any mil­i­tary al­liance, not sid­ing with any coun­try to act against a third coun­try, and not al­low­ing any coun­try to es­tab­lish a mil­i­tary base in Vieät Nam’s ter­ri­tory.

Laud­ing the out­comes of the talks be­tween PM Phuùc and his Cam­bo­dian coun­ter­part, he asked the two PMs to or­der branches and min­istries to im­ple­ment the doc­u­ments signed.

The Cam­bo­dian PM un­der­lined the ro­bust ties of the two Par­ties, States and peo­ples over the past four decades that had brought ben­e­fits to the peo­ples of both nations as well as re­gional and global peace, sta­bil­ity, co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

He thanked Vieät Nam for its sup­port for Cam­bo­dia dur­ing na­tional lib­er­a­tion, its strug­gle against a geno­ci­dal regime, and na­tional con­struc­tion. — VNS

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