Visit reflects Vietnam's solidarity with and support for its neighbor.
State President Tran Dai Quang arrived in Phnom Penh on the afternoon of June 14 to begin his State visit to Cambodia at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni.
A welcoming ceremony hosted by the King was held on June 15 at the Royal Palace. This is President Quang’s first trip to Vietnam’s neighbor since he took office more than two months ago.
According to Vietnam News Agency (VNA), during talks held after the ceremony President Quang and King Sihamoni discussed measures to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
The two reached consensus on lifting the traditional bilateral friendship and comprehensive cooperation to new heights.
President Quang highlighted the great achievements of the people of Cambodia in recent years and expressed his belief that the country will more progressively develop.
For his part, King Sihamoni expressed his thanks to Vietnam for its strong assistance and support for Cambodia over recent decades, which he described, according to VNA, as “precious contributions to national reconciliation.”
King Sihamoni said that the Vietnamese people are trustworthy friends of the Cambodian people and that Cambodia is a good neighbor and friend of Vietnam. Cambodia will continue nurturing the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
The two also agreed on cooperation to accelerate activities in their respective countries to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year.
President Quang also met with National Assembly Chairman Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Hun Sen, and other Cambodian leaders.
The relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia has progressively developed in the decades since the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979.
In 2015 the two recorded two-way trade of $3.37 billion and a target of $5 billion in the near future has been set.
Vietnam ranks fifth among 50 countries and territories investing in Cambodia. As at May this year it had invested in 172 projects in the country with total registered capital of $3.61 billion.
Cambodia is now the 16th largest export market of Vietnam.
- Prime Minister Hun Sen