Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) meets Secretary of the ​HCM City Party Committee Dinh La Thang on December 21 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has thanked Ho Chi Minh City for assisting his country’s Phnom Penh capital and other localities.

While meeting with Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh La Thang in the city on December 21, the PM noted that Cambodia always attaches importance to reinforcing cooperation and friendship with Vietnam, including HCM City.

2017 will mark 40 years since he set foot in Vietnam to begin the struggle to liberate Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, a fight that received the wholehearted and pure support from the Vietnamese army and people, he said.

He reiterated the commitment to, together with Cambodia’s Royal Government and people, boosting the cooperation, amity and unity with Vietnam.

For his part, Thang described the PM’s visit to Vietnam as a demonstration of the countries’ sound neighbourliness and also a chance to expand bilateral partnerships, including collaboration between HCM City and Cambodia.

The southern city of Vietnam treasures and pledges to do all-out efforts to nurture the solidarity and friendship with Cambodian localities, he said.

He asked PM Hun Sen to continue providing favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses, including those of HCM City, to do economic, trade, cultural and tourism activities, thereby strengthening bilateral connections.

Congratulating Cambodia on all-faceted achievements, Thang said he believes that the Cambodian people will obtain even greater accomplishments in national development.

Also on December 21, PM Hun Sen met with more than 200 former Vietnamese officers and soldiers who voluntarily performed international duties in Cambodia.

He said through this visit, he wants to convey the Cambodian people’s thanks to the Vietnamese Party, Government, army and people for assistance in defeating and preventing the return of the Khmer Rouge, thus creating prerequisites for Cambodia’s development nowadays.

He recalled the time he and Vietnam’s volunteer officers and soldiers spent fighting for Cambodia’s liberation and constructing the country.

The two countries’ relations will remain intact regardless of complex international situation, he said, stressing that the two Parties, Governments and peoples always trust each other and unite against hostile forces’ plots to sabotage their ties, he added.

On the occasion of the 72nd founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (December 22, 1944), PM Hun Sen wished the army to continue developing, fulfilling the task of protecting the nation, and effectively taking part in Vietnam’s socio-economic development.-VNA