Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin (L) and Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
- Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin wrapped up his official visit to Vietnam on June 26 after four days busy with talks and meetings with Vietnamese senior officials.

Heng Samrin and his high-ranking entourage from the Cambodian National Assembly visited Vietnam from June 23-26 at the invitation of Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The Cambodian NA leader had talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; paid courtesy visits to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang; met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai; and received President of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Organisation Vu Mao.

He also took part in a grand ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties, and the third conference of Presidents of the front organisations of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia; and attended an exchange with outstanding youths and students from the three countries.

[Infographic: Vietnam – Cambodia: 50 years of comprehensive cooperation]

During the talks and meetings, the two sides agreed to increase delegate exchanges at both central and local levels for better coordination to implement their signed agreements. They will also share information and exchange experience and concrete measures to timely solve problems arising in bilateral relations in the spirit of mutual understanding and trust, and in conformity with laws of Vietnam and Cambodia, international practice and the two nations’ traditional friendship.

The two sides agreed to maintain strong relations in all Party, State and people-to-people diplomacy channels. They will press ahead with friendship activities and educate people from all walks of life, especially younger generations, on Vietnam-Cambodia solidarity, friendship and comprehensive cooperation. 

They reached consensus about continuing negotiations for the early signing of the Vietnam-Cambodia Border Trade Agreement to replace the one on Trade and Exchange of Goods and Services in Border Areas inked in 2001. The Cambodian NA expressed its backing of more measures to facilitate the licensing of Vietnam’s investment projects in Cambodia.

The two sides pledged to further enhance their cooperation in defence and security, and in combating smuggling and cross-border crimes; and promote stronger coordination in searching for and repatriating remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who were killed in action in Cambodia. 

Both sides will create conditions for Vietnamese and Cambodian Governments as well as relevant ministries, agencies and localities to complete the construction of auxiliary border markers and poles along the common border line in 2017, and finalise related dossiers on border demarcation and marker planting in line with regulations of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee for Border Demarcation and Marker Planting, towards signing a legal document acknowledging outcomes of the work.-VNA