Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi for deepening diplomatic relations.
Vietnam and Cambodia should increase cooperation within multilateral frameworks, particularly the ASEAN bloc, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.
At a meeting with visiting Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn in Hanoi on June 22, the Prime Minister spoke of his hope that Cambodia would continue to express its stance together with ASEAN member states on the East Sea issue, with a view to consolidating ASEAN’s role in regional security as well as the ASEAN Community.
PM Phuc also hailed the outcomes of recent talks between Minister Prak Sokhonn and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, according to the government's news portal.
The two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on June 24 next year in a practical manner and contribute to educating the younger generation about the friendship and solidarity between the two countries.
Deputy PM Minh and Minister Prak Sokhonn hailed the effective cooperation in areas such as politics, diplomacy, national defense and security, economics, trade and investment as well as other cooperative mechanisms, including the 14th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.
They highly appreciated efforts by functional agencies in overcoming difficulties and obstacles to complete border planting work with a view to establishing a border of peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Deputy PM Minh proposed Cambodia help Vietnamese citizens living in the country to stabilize their lives and businesses, push ahead with the signing of the Anti-Double Taxation Agreement and strive to raise two-way trade to $5 billion.
In 2015 two-way trade was $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.
Both Mr. Minh and Mr. Prak Sokhonn assented to cooperation with other nations in ASEAN to reunite and affirm the central role of ASEAN, contributing to international and regional peace, stability, security and cooperation.
Regarding the East Sea issue, they agreed to address disputes with peaceful measures, preventing the use of force or the threat of force, following the principles widely approved by international regulations, including the UNCLOS 1982 and the Declaration on the Conduct (DoC) of Parties in the East Sea, while looking towards building a Code of Conduct (CoC) of Parties in the East Sea.
Vietnam and Cambodia also committed to closely coordinating with other members in the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to ensure the sustainable use and exploitation of water resources in the Mekong River and promoting Lancang-Mekong cooperation.
For his part, Minister Prak Sokhonn told PM Phuc that the two foreign ministers have agreed to intensify extensive ties between the two countries and hold celebrations for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2017.