Vietnam’s State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrives in Phnom Penh for Cambodia visit

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Vietnam's State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrives in Phnom Penh for Cambodia visit

Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc is seen at the welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Phnom Penh on December 21, 2021 for a two-day state visit to Cambodia. Photo: N. A. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday morning, beginning his two-day state visit to Cambodia at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni.

Upon arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport, State President Phuc was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace Samdech Chaufea Veang Kong Sam Ol and other high-ranking Cambodian officials.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang was also at the reception.

After the welcoming ceremony, Phuc is slated to meet King Norodom Sihamoni, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and National Assembly leaders of Cambodia.

He will also witness the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements and attend the inauguration of the Cambodian parliament’s new administrative building, a project funded by Vietnam.

In addition, the Vietnamese president will lay wreaths at the Independence Monument, the statue of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, and the Vietnam – Cambodia Friendship monument.

On the second day, President Phuc will meet with the Vietnamese community and representatives of Vietnamese businesses in Cambodia, among other activities.

Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc is seen inspecting the guard honor during the welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Phnom Penh on December 21, 2021 for a two-day State visit to Cambodia. Photo: N. A. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc is seen reviewing a guard of honor during the welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Phnom Penh on December 21, 2021 for a two-day state visit to Cambodia. Photo: N. A. / Tuoi Tre

This trip, marking Phuc’s first official visit to Cambodia in his role as state president, is among a series of activities to celebrate the Cambodia – Vietnam Year of Friendship and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

As part of the defense and security ties, Vietnam and Cambodia had completed 84 percent of the demarcation and marker planting on the land border between the two countries. They signed two legal documents on October 5, 2019 recognizing this border demarcation.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have seen two-way trade reach US$8.63 billion over the first 11 months of 2021, a sharp year-on-rise rise of 84 percent, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

The figure is expected to climb to $9.3 billion by the year-end, up 75 percent from 2020.

Vietnam now has 188 investment projects worth $2.88 billion in Cambodia, ranking fifth among the host country’s foreign investors.

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