Phnom Penh (VNA) – Vietnam and Cambodia, which are celebrating the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year, are working to improve relations of “good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long -term sustainability. “
“Vietnam-Cambodia relationship is the flesh and blood relationship between two neighboring countries,” Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyên Huy Tang told the Vietnamese News Agency (VNA), adding that “no enemy can break the friendship and unity between the two. people “.
“Recalling the history of the 1960s, when the American imperialists spread war throughout Indochina, the people of Vietnam and Cambodia, with their tradition of unity, fought against the American imperialists,” he recalls.
“On June 24, 1967, President Ho Chi Minh and Cambodian Head of State Samdech Norodom Sihanouk decided to lay the foundations of bilateral diplomatic relations,” he recalled, adding that the fate of the two men has since become closer. involved and the strength of the two countries that strengthened to fight and defeat their common enemies.
Ambassador Nguyên Huy Tang highlighted the achievements registered in bilateral cooperation over the 55-year relationship, showing that bilateral political relations have seen continuous progress and have indeed played a core role in guiding the overall. the relationship between the two countries.
“Cooperation in the field of defense, security and foreign activities between the two countries continues to deepen and is one of the most important pillars of Vietnam-Cambodian relations,” he said for the follow-up.
According to the diplomat, much progress has been made on the economic and trade front. Bilateral trade reached 130 to 150 million dollars during 1997-1999 and increased 30 to 40% on the annual average since 2005. It reached 5.32 billion dollars by 2020, to 9.54 billion in 2021.
In the first five months of this year, trade stood at $ 5.44 billion, up 19% from the same period last year, and is expected to reach $ 10 billion by 2022.
Vietnam is one of the top investors in ASEAN and one of the top five foreign investors in Cambodia, with 188 valid projects totaling $ 2.88 billion in registered capital.
The two countries also attach importance to cooperation in the areas of culture, education and human resource training. Each year, Vietnam offers hundreds of Cambodian scholarships awarding 35 Vietnam scholarships. Currently there are 2,427 Cambodian students in Vietnam and 100 Vietnamese students in Cambodia.
“With the strict guidance of the leaders of the two countries and the efforts of the relevant organs of the two countries, both sides have completed 84 per cent of the number of delimitation and demarcation works in common. land border, ”the ambassador said.
On June 20, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh co-chaired a ceremony commemorating the 45th anniversary of the “Way to overthrow the genocidal regime.
The Cambodian Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Vietnam’s leaders and people for their support and contribution to the liberation of Cambodia from the genocidal regime, saying that “the assistance of the Vietnamese demonstrates the pure and good friendship between of both nations and of both peoples… I believe that this relationship will thrive and last forever. ” – VNA