Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has affirmed Vietnam’s constant efforts to continue fostering its all-round ties with Cambodia, benefiting the two peoples as well as contributing to peace, stability, development and prosperity in ASEAN and the region.

Meeting with President of the National Assembly of Cambodia Heng Samrin in Hanoi on August 18, the Government leader expressed his delight at the growing bilateral relationship, saying that the two countries have always cooperated with and supported each other for common development.

He said he hopes that President Heng Samrin and the Cambodian NA will continue backing the two countries’ joint efforts in land border demarcation and marker planting in the spirit of friendship and sincerity as well as in accordance with their laws and international practices.

It is necessary to put forth appropriate solutions acceptable to both in order to complete this important work as soon as possible, contributing to building a shared borderline of peace, friendship and long-term sustainability, he noted.

PM Dung suggested that the Cambodian NA assist the definition of the Vietnamese community’s legal status, helping them integrate better into the Cambodian society and contribute to the host country’s development as well as bilateral ties.

At the same time, Vietnamese enterprises investing in industrial tree planting in Cambodia also need more support from the Cambodian side, especially in removing difficulties in handing over farming land to them, he added.

He also urged the Cambodian NA will continue support for the search and repatriation of the remains of more than 5,000 Vietnamese volunteer soldiers fallen in the country.

Regarding the recent acts of some Khmer Kampuchea Krom extremists such as staging illegal demonstrations against Vietnam and even burning the country’s national flag, which hurt Vietnamese people, PM Dung asked the Cambodian NA and Government to take suitable measures to prevent similar cases.

Concurring with PM Dung’s proposals, Heng Samrin said he feels regret about the demonstration against Vietnam, especially the burning of the national flag of the country, saying that these actions were conducted by a group of extremists who were incited by some elements with no knowledge of the history of the two countries.

He said the Cambodian NA and he himself were angry about these acts, adding that his country has applied strong measures to deal with the incident and punish violators, and will do its best, using the law, to prevent such actions from repeating.

He affirmed that his visit aims to further strengthen the relationship between the two legislative bodies and the two countries in general. It also reflects Cambodian’s aspiration to join Vietnam in fostering the bilateral ties.

The top Cambodian legislator also thanked the Party, State, Government and people of Vietnam for their specious support for the past struggle for national liberation, rescuing Cambodians from the genocidal catastrophe, as well as for helping the country in its reconstruction and development.

Confirming that Vietnam is the leading economic partner of Cambodia, Heng Samrin said he hopes that Vietnam will continue assisting Cambodia’s development by boosting partnership in economy, trade and investment and encouraging Vietnamese enterprises to invest in Cambodia.-VNA