Cambodia NA leader visits Vietnam

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The chairman of the National Assembly of Cambodia, Heng Samrin (L), welcomed by his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Sinh Hung before their talks last Saturday. PHOTO: VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

The chairman of the Cambodian National Assembly, Heng Samrin, visited Vietnam last weekend to take part in the 35th anniversary celebrations of the two nations' victory over the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime.

He met with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Sinh Hung, Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong, and President Truong Tan Sang Saturday, Vietnam News Agency reported.


He thanked the Party, government, and people for helping Cambodia in their fight to win back liberation from the Khmer Rouge in 1979 as well as their reconstruction over the next decade.

The Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, slaughtered a third of the Cambodian population and thousands of Vietnamese since coming to power in 1975.

He concurred with the Vietnamese leaders about continuing to strengthen the two countries' traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation.

On Sunday he attended a meeting to mark the victory over the Khmer Rouge in the southwest border war and in the joint battle with the Cambodian people to overthrow the regime, and paid tributes to Vietnamese and Cambodian martyrs.

Vietnam withdrew its forces from Cambodia in September 1989.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had visited Vietnam from December 26 to 28, his first foreign trip after again becoming prime minister in September.

After talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, the two leaders witnessed the signing of 10 agreements in various fields like extradition, trade, information and communication, education, and fertilizer production.

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