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Vietnam – Cambodia strengthen solidarity and comprehensive cooperation

From December 20-21, 2016, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen paid an official visit to Vietnam. This was an important event, actively contributing to promote the solidarity, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and sustainable development between the two countries, including a target of raising the bilateral trade turnover to 5 billion dollars in the coming years.
At the meetings, leaders of the two countries agreed that strengthening and advancing the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia was of crucial importance for both nations. They committed to continually consolidate and promote the bilateral relations under the motto “good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long-lasting stability”; to respect independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs; to ensure one’s territory not be used by hostile forces to menace the other’s security; and to settle problems arising between the two countries by peaceful means.

The welcoming ceremony for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is held solemnly at the Presidential Palace. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 The two Prime Ministers witness the signing ceremony of cooperation documents between the two countries. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Relating to border issue, the two sides affirmed their respect for and full implementation of the border delimitation treaties and relevant border agreements concluded by the two States; highly commended the efforts of the Joint Commission on Land Border Demarcation for having accomplished over 83% of the land border demarcation and marker plantation workload over the past time. Building upon those achievements, the two sides were determined to find once-and-for-all solutions to the remaining border segments for an earlier completion of land border demarcation and marker plantation and to finalize the relevant demarcation dossiers as soon as possible with a view to building a borderline of peace, stability, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development.
In the spirit of friendly neighborliness between the two countries, Vietnam hoped Cambodia would continue to take appropriate measures in ensuring the legitimate rights of Vietnamese residents, equally treated as other foreign residents in Cambodia in conformity with laws and regulations of Cambodia, therefore contributing to the consolidation and enhancement of the traditional friendship between the two peoples. 

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

 State President Tran Dai Quang receives Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

 National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan receives Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

On the growing complexities in the regional and global context, the two sides agreed to increase coordination, information sharing and mutual support in multilateral forum, especially ASEAN. The two sides emphasised the importance of maintaining peace, stability and security in the South China Sea, settling disputes by peaceful means, exercising self-restraint, refraining from the threat or use of force in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The two sides committed to join efforts for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).

The two nations also pledged to continue working closely together and with other members in the frameworks of the Mekong River Commission, the Lancang-Mekong cooperation and other Mekong cooperation frameworks in order to ensure sustainable use and management of water resources in the Mekong River Basin in consistence with international practices as well as harmonize the interests of riverine countries with the goal of sustainable development in the region.
On the occasion, Vietnam and Cambodia agreed to coordinate in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam – Cambodia diplomatic relations (24 June 1967 – 24 June 2017); signed important agreements and reached a consensus in steering ministries and sectors work together in raising the bilateral trade turnover to 5 billion dollars in the coming years.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen visits and lays a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Photo: Pham Kien/VNA

 Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo: Thanh Vu/VNA

 Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with General Pham Van Tra, former Defence Minister of Vietnam and Vietnamese
 volunteer veterans in Cambodia during periods. Photo: Thanh Vu/VNA

 Prime Minister Hun Sen visits the relic site of Division 125, the predecessor of Cambodia’s united armed forces for national
salvation in Long Giao commune, Cam My district, Dong Nai province. Photo: Sy Tuyen/VNA

 The Cambodian leader offers incense to Cambodian martyrs at the cemetery in the relic site. Photo: Sy Tuyen/VNA