Cambodian PM's visit to strengthen traditional ties of friendship, cooperation

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Visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Decho Hun Sen (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung as they meet for talks in Hanoi on Thursday. PHOTO: VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen began a three-day visit to Vietnam Thursday.

The visit is being made at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung.

Vietnam is the first country that Hun Sen is visiting after the Cambodian parliament reappointed him Prime Minister for another five years in September.

A delegation of senior government officials, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Namhong, Minister of Commerce Sun Chanthol and Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Porn Moniroth, and his wife Bun Rany are accompanying Hun Sen.

Hun Sen told Dung that his visit seeks to strengthen the traditional ties of friendship, solidarity, as well as comprehensive cooperation between the two neighboring nations, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Dung congratulated the Cambodian People's Party, the current ruling party, and citizens of the country for achievements they have recorded over the last 35 years after the genocidal Pol Pot regime was overthrown in January 1979.

The two leaders agreed to hold more exchange visits of high-level delegations to further promote mutual understanding and create favorable conditions for increasing two-way trade to US$5 billion in 2015.

Both sides agreed to promote investments by Vietnamese firms in Cambodia, and continue bilateral cooperation in security, national defense, the fight against terrorism as well as transnational drug and human trafficking.

They also agreed not to allow any hostile forces to use their territory to harm the security and interfere in internal affairs of the other.

They emphasized that the disputes relating to the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea, should be settled by peaceful means and on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

Dung thanked the Cambodian government and people for helping Vietnam in its search for and repatriation of the remains of Vietnamese martyrs who died when helping liberate Phnom Penh from the Pol Pot regime.

After their talks, the two prime ministers witnessed the signing ceremony of cooperation agreements in various fields including extradition, trade, information and communication, education, transit of goods and funding for construction of the Long Binh-Chray Thom Bridge.

Hun Sen also met with Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung later that day.

Vietnam and Cambodia established diplomatic relations in 1967.

Two-way trade between the two countries reached $2.94 billion in the first 10 months of this year and is expected to go up to $3.5 billion by the year-end.

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