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Viet Nam, Cambodia forge legislative ties

The Viet Nam National Assembly (NA) will continue its close co-operation with the National Assembly and Senate of Cambodia, Standing Vice Chairwoman of the NA Tong Thi Phong said.

During talks with visiting First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena in Ha Noi the day before yesterday, Phong affirmed that the Vietnamese legislative body will expand and improve the efficiency of collaboration between the Governments and people of Viet Nam and Cambodia, as well as their NAs at regional and international parliamentary-forums.

The host said Ney Pena’s visit to Viet Nam from August 8-9 is an important event among activities marking the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (June 24), contributing to enhancing the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

She reiterated that Viet Nam attaches importance to and gives top priority to strengthening relations with neighbouring countries, including Cambodia, stressing that such ties are vital to the development of both Viet Nam and Cambodia.

Ney Pena used the occasion to thank the Party, State and people of Viet Nam for their support to Cambodia during the country’s times of difficulty as well as in the cause of national construction and development.

The guest stressed Cambodia’s determination to preserve the Viet Nam-Cambodia relationship, regarding this as a valuable asset shared by the two nations.

During the talks, the two sides informed each other about the political, economic and social situation in their respective countries, and discussed economic, trade and investment ties between Viet Nam and Cambodia in the past.

Later the same day, Ney Pena met with NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan who affirmed that the Vietnamese NA would co-operate closely with the Cambodian Senate and NA to promote the expansion of and improve efficiency of co-operation between the Government and people of the two countries as well as between the two legislative bodies.

Ney Pena informed Ngan of the results of talks held with NA Vice Chairwoman Phong, stressing that the two sides agreed to continue co-operating to create a legal framework and conditions for the development and co-operation between the two countries in other fields.

On the same day, Ney Pena was received by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Phuc expressed his delight at the development of the traditional friendship and co-operation between the two countries. The economic, trade and investment co-operation has developed strongly and Viet Nam has become one among leading trade partners and investors in Cambodia.

He suggested the two countries continue enhancing solidarity and co-operation, contributing to peace and development in the region and the world. The two sides should encourage further development of co-operation in economy, trade and investment to soon bring two-way trade turnover to US$5 billion.

The PM hoped that the two countries would strengthen co-ordination to promote relevant agencies to soon complete the land border demarcation and marker planting.

Ney Pena briefed the host on the socio-economic situation of Cambodia and results of talks held with NA Vice Chairman Phong. — VNS

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