The Cambodian people are forever a good neighbour who will always stand side by side with the Vietnamese people, King Norodom Sihamoni said during his talks with the Vietnamese Party Chief in Phnom Penh on December 17.

The talks took place immediately after a red-carpet welcome ceremony that King Sihamoni gave to Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh on his official visit to Cambodia.

“The Vietnamese people are a great and trustful friend of the Cambodian people,” King Sihamoni also affirmed.

He delivered profound gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, Government and people for their support and valuable assistance to help the Cambodian people escape from the Pol Pot genocidal regime and develop their country.

The King viewed Party General Secretary Manh’s official visit as an important event that would greatly help boost the two countries’ well-established neighbourliness and traditional friendship and deepen their comprehensive cooperation in a sustainable and stable manner.

He pledged to press ahead in his father’ cause of fostering the great solidarity and fine cooperation between the two countries.

Party General Secretary Manh expressed his joy of revisiting the neighbouring country and reiterated that Vietnam has attached importance to the traditional friendship and cooperation with Cambodia and would do its utmost to boost these ties.

The Vietnamese Party Chief shared with the Cambodian King his satisfaction at developments in Vietnam-Cambodia relations and vowed to foster them further.

“The Vietnamese-Cambodian well-established neighbourliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, durable and long-term cooperation are invaluable common assets of the two countries,” both Vietnamese and Cambodian leaders said.

They considered promoting of bilateral wide-ranging ties as an active contribution the two countries have made to peace, stability, cooperation and development in Southeast Asia and the world.

The two leaders reached a consensus on maintaining high-level meetings between the two countries with the aim of facilitating the expansion of bilateral multi-dimensional cooperation.

They agreed to step up the exchange programme between the two countries’ peoples, particularly youths.

The Vietnamese and Cambodian leaders praised the two Governments’ endeavours in implementing the signed cooperation agreements and deals, especially the accords regarding border issues and asserted their determination to complete the border demarcation and the planting of border markers by 2012.

They underscored that the two countries will persistently follow a foreign policy of peace, friendship and trustful cooperation with all nations, particularly with neighbouring countries.

At the end of the talks, Party General Secretary Manh presented 100 sets of computers and 100 colour televisions produced in Vietnam to King Sihamoni for his gifts to Cambodian people and children.

On the occasion, Party chief Manh invited King Sihamoni, King’s father Norodom Sihanouk and King’s mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk to revisit Vietnam.

King Sihamoni accepted the invitation with pleasure and promised to convey the invitation to his parents so they can arrange the visit in a convenient time./.