Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong (L) meets with Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong in Phnom Penh on February 26 (Photo: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Party General Secretary and President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong met with Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong and Supreme Patriarch of the Dhammayuttika Nikaya order Bour Kry of Cambodia on February 26, part of his State visit to the country.

Meeting with Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong at Unalom pagoda and Supreme Patriarch Bour Kry at Svay Pope pagoda in Phnom Penh, the Vietnamese leader sent the best wishes to all Buddhists in Cambodia.

Noting the outcomes of his talks with King Norodom Sihamoni, he said the two sides shared the view that for the last over 50 years, the friendly neighbourliness between Vietnam and Cambodia has weathered every challenge to obtain comprehensive achievements, which serves as a foundation for their solid development.

Such great attainments have been contributed by the countries’ people, including Buddhist dignitaries and followers of Cambodia, Trong noted, adding that they also affirmed the resolve to consolidate and continuously develop the sound neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability between the two nations.

On behalf of the Vietnamese people, the Party General Secretary and President expressed sincere thanks to all Cambodian Buddhists for their good sentiments towards and wholehearted support for Vietnam during the struggle for national independence in the past and development efforts at present.

He voiced his belief that the two countries’ relations will further flourish in the future.

Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong and Supreme Patriarch Bour Kry lauded Vietnam’s enormous and all-round development successes. They affirmed that the Cambodian people never forget the wholehearted assistance of the Vietnamese.

They emphasised that the two countries are both brothers and neighbours, and the State visit by Party General Secretary and President Trong is a milestone helping to strengthen their solidarity and friendship.

Also on February 26, the Vietnamese leader and his entourage laid wreaths at the Independence Monument and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Phnom Penh.-VNA