President Tran Dai Quang (R) receives Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang on May 17 hosted Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn who is in Vietnam to co-chair the 16th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

The State leader congratulated Cambodian people on the achievements they have obtained, while showing his delight at the growth of the Vietnam-Cambodia partnership in all fields from politics, diplomacy, defence to economy, trade and investment, benefiting people of both sides.

He spoke highly of the regular exchange of delegations at all levels, especially high level ones, between the two countries, along with the effectiveness of cooperation mechanisms in trade, investment, education, tourism, security, and defence, as well as collaboration among ministries, sectors and localities.

He lauded the outcomes of the 16th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, holding that the minutes of the meeting will lay firm foundation for the further expansion of bilateral ties in the coming time.

He asked Minister Prak Sokhonn to convey his regards to King Norodom Sihamoni and expressed his wish to welcome the King to visit Vietnam latter the year.

For his part, Minister Prak Sokhonn noted that Vietnam and Cambodia jointly held many specific activities to mark the Friendship Year 2017 and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

He briefed his host on outcomes of the 16th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, with the minutes of the meeting signed to act as a guideline for ministries and sectors of both sides to implement their cooperation.

He said that at the meeting, the two sides discussed a wide range of issues such as economy, trade, investment, culture, society, security, and defence, while showing their determination to thoroughly settle border-related issues as well as other matters in bilateral relations.

The minister showed gratitude towards the Party, State and people of Vietnam for saving Cambodia from the genocidal regime in the past, as well as providing assistance for Cambodia’s national development.

President Quang lauded efforts of authorised agencies over the past years in completing a large number of workload in land border demarcation and planting.

He proposed that in the coming time, the two sides should exert more efforts in seeking more effective measures to finish the rest of the work, while coordinating closely in managing a shared border towards peace and stability.

He said that he hopes the Cambodian side will continue applying flexibly related policies to assist Vietnamese Cambodians, with the consideration of political, legal, historical and social factors to create optimal conditions for the community, helping them settle down in the host country and make contributions to the local development.

The Vietnamese leader also suggested that Minister Prak Sokhonn continue contributing to the reinforcement of the sound neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability between Cambodia and Vietnam.-VNA