Vietnam and Cambodia have been fostering their security and defense ties and sticking to the principle of not allowing hostile forces to use one’s territory to harm the other, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai has said.
The Vietnamese official was speaking at the ceremony to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam – Cambodia diplomatic relations held in Hanoi on Friday.
In his opening speech, deputy PM Khai, on behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State leaders and people, extended his greetings to the Cambodian counterparts on the significant day of the two nations.
He emphasized that the geographical proximity along with cultural and historical similarities are a firm foundation for Vietnam and Cambodia to build and develop one of the long-lasting traditional relationships in Southeast Asia.
The deputy PM reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy to support an independent, peaceful, neutral and developing Cambodia.
Vietnam always attaches great importance to and gives high priority to their good neighborliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia, he added.
Under the motto of “good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long-term sustainability”, over the past years, the Vietnam – Cambodia relationship has been continuously consolidated and developed in all fields, bringing practical benefits to the two peoples, and making positive contributions to peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world, Khai said.
He stressed that the two countries have been strengthening cooperation in security and defense on the basis of not allowing any hostile forces to use one’s territory to violate the security of the other.
Based on the bilateral treaties and agreements, the two countries’ authorities and residents in border areas have built a shared border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, Khai said.
After signing two documents recognizing the completion of 84 percent of the demarcation and marker planting of their shared border in 2019, the two sides are negotiating to handle the rest, the Vietnam News Agency cited the deputy PM as saying.
The two countries’ trade and investment relations have attained fruitful results, with two-way trade hitting US$9.54 billion in 2021, up 79.1 percent from a year earlier, and amounting to $5.44 billion in the first five months of this year, an increase of 18.7 percent.
Vietnamese investors are developing 188 valid investment projects worth $2.8 billion in Cambodia, ranking first in the ASEAN bloc and among the top five in the world in terms of investment in the country.
With over 46,000 Vietnamese tourists traveling to Cambodia in the first three months of 2022, Vietnam ranked first in number of foreign visitors to the nation.
Vietnam and Cambodia have committed to facilitating one’s citizens living in the other’s territory, in accordance with their laws and the spirit of friendly neighborliness.
Both sides have also paid due attention to cooperation in other fields such as education and training, transport, culture, health and telecom, Khai said.
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An, who is also Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, and Chairwoman of the Cambodia – Vietnam Friendship Association, expressed her gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, State, army and people for their support for Cambodia.
Vietnam’s assistance has contributed to turning Cambodia from a war-torn into a unified country with peace and development in all fields as present.
She emphasized that this anniversary reflected the consolidation of the friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two nations.
The basic completion of the border demarcation and border marker planting and joint efforts to build and maintain a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development are aimed to bring benefits to the two peoples, especially those living in the border areas, she said.