Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) receivea President of the National Assembly of Cambodia Samdech Heng Samrin on June 24 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received President of the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia Samdech Heng Samrin in Hanoi on June 24.

The PM welcomed the Cambodian delegation’s official visit to Vietnam on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic relations (June 24, 1967).

He also informed the visiting President about the success of the recent working session and meeting with Cambodian PM Samdech Hun Sen, who retraced his revolutionary path in Vietnam four decades ago.

The last 50 years is a special period in bilateral relations when the two people were united and ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of each other, he said, considering this as a priceless and sacred asset that Vietnamese and Cambodians, especially younger generations, must maintain and nurture.

PM Phuc also expressed his sincere gratitude to late King Norodom Sihanouk, King Norodom Sihamoni and other leaders and people of Cambodia for supporting Vietnam in the fight for national liberation in the past and the national development and protection at present.

[Grand ceremony marks 50 years of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties]

Vietnam is happy about Cambodia’s huge achievements, he stressed, expressing his belief that under the clear-sighted leadership of King Norodom Sihamoni, the Senate, the NA and the Government of Cambodia that is led by the Cambodian People’s Party, the Cambodian people will continue to obtain even greater accomplishments in building a country of peace, stability and prosperous development.

Regarding bilateral ties, PM Phuc noted with satisfaction the continually reinforced and developing friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Amidst the complex global and regional situation, the two sides should further enhance solidarity, friendship and cooperation in economy, trade and investment, while increasing people-to-people exchanges, especially between young people.

For his part, NA President Samdech Heng Samrin expressed his pride in the flourishing bilateral ties. He congratulated Vietnam on its major development attainments and voiced the belief that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the country will develop more strongly in the near future.

Applauding the completion of the land border demarcation and border marker planting, he said this achievement reflects the countries’ efforts and resolve to soon finish this task. Both sides will continue to finish the remaining work to help ensure peace, stability and development in Vietnam-Cambodia border areas.

Cambodia thanked the valuable assistance that the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people have given to the Cambodian people in the fight for national liberation and the national development, he added.-VNA