Defence cooperation – a pillar in Vietnam-Cambodia ties hinh anh 1General Ngo Xuan Lich (L) and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen (Source: VNA) 
 
Phnom Penh (VNA)Defence cooperation is seen as one of the important pillars in the relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia, said Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

At a reception in Phnom Penh on December 28 for General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of National Defence, the PM expressed his delight at the successful defence ties between the two nations over the past time.

He affirmed that Cambodia always attaches importance to preserving and deepening its traditional solidary and friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, for the interests of the two countries’ people as well as for peace, stability and development.

Minister Lich congratulated Cambodian on the successful organisation of the 6th National Assembly election and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on its victory in the election, saying the result reflected the acknowledgement, trust and aspiration of the Cambodian people for a good future of the country under the leadership of the CPP and the government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Informing the host of the outcomes of his talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Samdech Tea Banh, Lich said the bilateral defence collaboration has recorded practical achievements in recent years.

In the coming time, the two sides agreed to step up affiliation in various fields, especially communications and education, personnel training, delegation exchange, border management and exchange, as well as search for and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who died in Cambodia, he said.

He also proposed the Cambodian Government and Prime Minister Hun Sen continue support the collaboration between the two armies.

In reply, the Cambodian PM said the two militaries should continue enhancing solidarity and intensive cooperation in every aspect so as to make defence ties a pillar in the relations between the two countries.

He praised the two armies for realising the Protocol on Regular Search and Rescue in land border areas, including the organisation of search and rescue drills.

The leader asked both sides to continue implementing projects to repair and renovate the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments, affirming that Cambodia will coordinate with Vietnamese units to speed up the search for and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who laid down their lives in Cambodia.

Earlier on December 27, Minister Ngo Xuan Lich held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Tea Banh, during which he stressed that since the two countries set up their diplomatic ties in 1967, the bilateral relations have been continuously consolidated and developed in all fields, including defence. He expressed his belief that the meeting will create a new momentum to deepen the defence cooperation between the two nations.

Tea Banh affirmed that the Cambodian people and army always treasure the traditional friendly neighbourliness with the Vietnamese counterparts, vowing to do his best to preserve, foster and develop the fine relationship.

The two ministers agreed to increase coordination in realising the Protocol on Regular Search and Rescue in land border areas and the annual collaboration plans, pay attention to stepping up communications and education work, improve training quality, and strengthen links between military units in border areas.

They also consented to speed up the search for and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who died in Cambodia as well as complete the building and upgrading of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments.

Following the talks, Ministers Ngo Xuan Lich and Tea Banh signed a cooperation plan between the two defence ministries for 2019.

During his stay, the Vietnamese defence minister laid a wreath at the Independence Monument and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in the capital city of Phnom Penh, and visited the Vietnamese Embassy in the country.-VNA
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