05/04/2018 08:57 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Cambodian PM on sidelines of MRC Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techno Hun Sen on the sidelines of the third Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit in Siam Reap, Cambodia, on April 4.

Welcoming PM Phuc and his entourage to Cambodia for the third MRC Summit, Cambodia PM Hun Sen said he believes the participation of the Vietnamese delegation will contribute to the event’s success.

The PM Phuc, for his part, expressed his delight to visit Cambodia when Chol Chnam Thmay, the New Year festival of Cambodia, is approaching. He said Cambodia’s hosting of the MRC Summit and the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in January has contributed to raise the country’s role and position in the region.

He reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy in relations with Cambodia, saying Vietnam wants to continue stepping up friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia.

The two leaders said they are pleased with the strong development of the two countries’ relations in recent years and showed their determination to deepen bilateral ties and bring their partnership to a new height.

They highly appreciated the two countries’ signing a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and the minutes of the meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Land Border Demarcation and Marker Planting on the sidelines of the sixth Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS-6) and the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Summit (CLV-10) which took place in Hanoi last week.

They agreed to maintain the exchange of high-level visits and coordinate in organising the 16th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural and Scientific-Technological Cooperation in Hanoi on May 16-18.

The two PMs exchanged views on issues of mutual concern, including border issues and Vietnamese people in Cambodia.

They consented to work together to settle issues related to the legal status of Vietnamese people in Cambodia on the basis of Cambodian law.

PM Phuc is in Cambodia for the third MRC Summit. He is scheduled to attend the opening session of the summit and meet with overseas Vietnamese people in Cambodia to extend his Chol Chnam Thmay greetings on April 5.

This year’s MRC Summit, themed “Joint Efforts and Partnership towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Mekong”, will create an opportunity for countries to review the operation of the MRC over the past four years and work to realise sustainable development goals.

The first event of its kind opened in Hua Hin, Thailand in 2010 and the second one took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2014.