Vietnam PM visits Cambodia to boost ties

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen at a welcoming party for the latter during his visit to Vietnam in late December. PHOTO COURTESY OF VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will be in Cambodia from Sunday to Tuesday, his first official state visit this year.

His Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen visited Vietnam last month.

Dung's visit aims to show Vietnam's appreciation for its relationship with Cambodia and promote further bilateral cooperation, according to Vietnam News Agency.

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Vietnam and Cambodia established diplomatic relations in 1967.

Two-way trade between the two countries was US$3.3 billion in 2012.

It reached $2.94 billion in the first 10 months of last year, a year-on-year increase of 8 percent from 2012.

It is expected to rise to $5 billion in 2015.

Vietnam is the fifth biggest investor in Cambodia, with 126 projects worth over $3 billion as of the end of last year, according to the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Cambodia.

Earlier this month, Vietnam and Cambodia celebrated the 35th anniversary of their joint effort to drive the latter's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime out of power.

Hun Sen was in Vietnam from December 26 to 28, his first foreign trip since reassuming his previous position of prime minister last September.

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