A traditional dance of Cambodia (Photo: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodia hopes to beef up cultural cooperation with Vietnam for the benefit of both peoples, according to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An.

She made the statement at a recent meeting with a delegation from the National Centre for Research, Conservation and Promotion of Vietnamese Cultures led by Director Hoang Chuong in Phnom Penh.

Cultural exchange plays a vital role in maintaining diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Deputy PM said. It should strengthen the friendship between their people and promote their cultures, particularly those of ethnic minority groups, she added.

The Cambodian leader highlighted the long-standing Vietnam-Cambodia ties, noting that the two nations need to further develop their relations and comprehensive partnership with an emphasis on localities that share borders.

Vietnam and Cambodia have worked to increase cultural exchange activities and personnel training in the field over the past number of years.

Each country has joined the other’s cultural festivals, while Vietnamese culture weeks have been held in Cambodia and vice versa, to bring the two cultures closer.-VNA