PM Phuùc holds talks with Cambodian counterpart
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