Vietnam, Cambodia news agencies eye tightened connections hinh anh 1VNA Deputy General Director Nguyen Hoai Duong (front, right) and AKP Deputy General Director Keo Chandara exchange the minutes of the talks (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and Cambodia’s news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP) discussed measures to elevate bilateral cooperation during talks in Hanoi on September 12.

The two sides also informed each other about their respective development in recent years and reviewed the implementation of existing cooperation agreements.

VNA Deputy General Director Nguyen Hoai Duong welcomed the AKP delegation’s visit, which took place during the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year marking the 50th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

He noted that aside from using the AKP’s information, the VNA has reported on Cambodia’s situation and bilateral relations in a timely, precise and objective manner.

In the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2017, the VNA opened a column on 50 years of the two countries’ relations on its news outlets, providing updated news and information for the Foreign Ministry and domestic and foreign press agencies so as to enhance the effectiveness of communication about the countries’ special ties.

The Deputy General Director voiced his belief that the VNA-AKP cooperation will continue to be strengthened, helping to develop their countries’ friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.

The VNA is also ready to share development experience with the AKP, he added.

At the talks, AKP Deputy General Director Keo Chandara thanked the VNA for supporting and cooperating with his agency, recalling how VNA experts had wholeheartedly helped the SPK, the predecessor of the AKP, during its first days. 

This assistance and sentiment are a symbol of the friendship between the two agencies as well as between the two countries, he said, expressing his hope for stronger cooperation, especially in personnel training and technical support.

The two deputy general directors also agreed on ways to step up the effectiveness of text and photo news exchange. In the short term, the two sides will work closely in the supply and use of information about the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, which will be held in Vietnam’s Da Nang city later this year.

On the occasion, the VNA presented technical equipment as gift to the AKP.-VNA