A Vietnamese Government delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Phnom Penh on April 23, starting a two-day working visit to Cambodia at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen.

Right after his arrival, PM Dung paid a courtesy visit to former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, and met with Acting Head of State and President of the Senate Samdech Chea Sim and Acting President of the National Assembly Nguon Nhel.

While meeting with former King Norodom Sihanouk, PM Dung recalled the Vietnam visit by the former King, the Queen Mother and the King of Cambodia in June 2010, which left great impressions in the heart of the Vietnamese people, and highly valued the former King’s great support and assistance for Vietnam’s struggle for national independence and reunification in the past as well as its current national construction.

He said he was pleased with great achievements made by the Cambodian people over the past time and affirmed that the Vietnamese State, Government and people always pay attention to maintaining, consolidating and strengthening the good neighbourly relations, traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia, bringing about practical effects for the benefits of the two countries’ people and for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world as well.

The former Cambodian King warmly welcomed PM Dung’s working visit to Cambodia and expressed his deep gratitude to the Vietnamese Government and people for their valuable support and assistance for the Cambodian people in the past as well as at present.

He said he wished that the friendship and cooperation between Cambodia and Vietnam will be further consolidated for the prosperity of the two countries and two peoples.

At Dung’s meeting with Acting Head of State and President of the Senate Samdech Chea Sim and Acting President of the NA Nguon Nhel, the two sides expressed their satisfactions at the fine traditional friendship between the two countries as well as the cooperation between the two parliaments and two peoples over the past time.

The leaders of Cambodia ’s legislative bodies thanked the Vietnamese people for their wholehearted support and help for Cambodia in the process of national revival.

They affirmed that they will do their utmost to foster the traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and good neighbourly relations between Cambodia and Vietnam in the coming time./.