Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Cambodia on Friday June 24 celebrated the 55the anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations through a solemn ceremony organized in Hanoi.
Anaa, kilid Vietnamien: Vo Van Thuong, permanent member of the Party Secretariat, also chair of the National Steering Committee of Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2022; Dinh Tiên Dung, secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee; Dô Van Chien, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front; Nguyên Trong Nghia, head of the Awareness and Education Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)
On the Cambodian side: Men Sam An, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Relations with Parliament and Inspection, Vice-President of the Cambodian People’s Party and President of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association; Chay Navuth, Cambodia’s Ambassador to Vietnam; officials from the Cambodian Embassy and Cambodian students living in Vietnam.
In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai stressed that geographical proximity as well as cultural and historical similarity provide a strong foundation for Vietnam and Cambodia to develop and develop one of the long-standing traditional relations with the Southeast Asia region.
In connection with June 24, 1967, when the two countries established official diplomatic relations, Le Minh Khai said it was an important event, marking a new page in the history of bilateral relations.
“As we recall, we are more deeply aware of the significance of the January 7 victory and appreciate the great merit of the army and people of both countries, especially the deceased heroes, volunteer soldiers and Vietnamese experts who participated in the noble international missions. in Cambodia for the peace and freedom of the Cambodian people, for unity and traditional friendship between the two peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia, ”said Lê Minh Khai.
With the motto “Good neighbor, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long-term sustainability”, for many years, relations between the two countries have been constantly developing in all fields, bringing concrete benefit two people, actively contribute to peace, stability. and regional and international cooperation, he insisted.
He warmly congratulated the great victories achieved in recent years by the Cambodians.
“As a close neighbor, the Vietnamese are confident that Cambodians will continue to achieve great achievements for a kingdom of peace, stability and prosperity,” he said.
On this occasion, he reaffirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of supporting a Cambodia independent, peaceful, neutral and prosperous.
The Party, State and people of Vietnam place great importance and place high priority on good neighborly relations, traditional friendship, long-term comprehensive and lasting cooperation with Cambodia, he said. leaders of both countries.
For her part, Ms. Men Sam An expressed his pride in attending the ceremony to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Year in Hanoi, saying that for the past 55 years, the two countries always close friends, good neighbors, sincere, and simultaneously build a relationship of unity and friendship, strong traditional cooperation, and achieved great success of cooperation in all fields.
He believes that the fundamental completion of demarcation, preservation and common establishment of a border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development brings practical benefits to the people of the two countries, especially to the residents living on the border.
He expressed his deep gratitude for the valuable support of the Vietnamese Party, State and people to the Cambodian people in the work of national recovery and reconstruction, which will lead to the current level of development.
He pointed out that this ceremony testifies to the unity and happy development of friendship and good cooperation between the people of the two countries.
Currently, Vietnam has 188 investment projects in Cambodia with a total capital of 2.8 billion USD, maintaining the first place in ASEAN and the group of 5 countries with the largest direct investment in Cambodia.
The value of bilateral trade in 2021 reached $ 9.54 billion, an increase of 79.1% compared to 2020. This first 5 months of 2022, estimated at $ 5.54 billion, increased by 18.7% compared to the same period in 2021.
Tourism continues to be a potential area of cooperation. When the two countries reopened, 46,000 Vietnamese traveled to Cambodia in the first three months of the year, leading to countries with Cambodian visitors.
Cooperation in the fields of politics, diplomacy, security and defense continues to strengthen. -VNA