Vietnam Prime Minister ends visit to Cambodia

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen co-chair the Conference on the Promotion of Investment and Trade between Vietnam and Cambodia on Monday morning. Photo by Anh Vu

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung wrapped up his three-day visit to Cambodia, his first official state visit this year, Tuesday afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon, he attended the inauguration ceremony of the Vietnam Embassy's new office in Phnom Penh and met with embassy staff and representatives of Vietnamese community in Cambodia.

On Monday morning, Dung and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen attended the inauguration ceremony of Cho Ray Phnom Penh Hospital, the first-ever cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia in the health sector.

The Cho Ray Phnom Penh Hospital. PHOTO COURTESY OF VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

Work on the 200-bed hospital started in May 2010 and cost about US$40 million.

Another 300 beds will be added in a later phase.

Hun Sen was quoted by the Vietnamese government's news website as saying that the hospital will help tackle overloads at Cambodian hospitals.

He expected that it would be a place for Vietnamese and Cambodian doctors and professors to compare notes.

The two leaders that morning also co-chaired the Conference on the Promotion of Investment and Trade between Vietnam and Cambodia, which attracted 450 companies from both countries, the largest number since it was first held in 2009.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Cambodia hit $3.3 billion in 2012, and was about $3.5 billion last year.

During their talks on Monday afternoon, Dung and Hun Sen agreed that their countries would "strongly" implement measures in an effort to connect the two economies.

The links would focus on fields such as banking, finance, food production, road traffic, rubber planting, tourism and telecommunication, according to the two leaders.

On Tuesday, the two prime ministers attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Long Binh-Chrey Thom Bridge, which connects Vietnam's An Giang Province and Cambodia's Kandal Province.

The bridge, nearly 5,700 meters long, will cost $38 million and is expected to be complete in 20 months.

Dung also met with the King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni before leaving for Vietnam.

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