Cambodian, Vietnamese Legislature Leaders Hold Talks

Cambodian National Assembly (NA) President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart H.E. Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, in Hanoi late last week, during his four-day (June 23-26) official and friendly visit in Vietnam.

According to Vietnam News Agency (VNA), on the occasion, the Vietnamese NA chairwoman spoke highly of the Cambodian delegation's visit which takes place at a time when the people of the two nations are eagerly celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties � the major activity of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2017, vividly reflecting their friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability.

Having thanked the Party, State and people of Vietnam for their support and assistance to Cambodia during its difficult periods as well as its current process of national construction and development, Samdech Heng Samrin congratulated and highly evaluated Vietnam's important socio-economic achievements, and believed that Vietnam will obtain greater successes in the time to come.

While informing his host of Cambodia's situation, Samdech Heng Samrin said Cambodia has achieved an annual average economic growth rate of 7 percent over the past decade. Its per capita GDP increased from just US$288 in 2000 to US$1,300 in 2016, he said.

The country is striving to become a high middle-income nation by 2030 by promoting open-door policies, attracting more foreign investment, enhancing connectivity with economies and integrating deeper into the region and the world, he added.

The Cambodian NA president said he was delighted to see that the two parliaments relations have been strengthened through the exchange of delegations at all levels and the organisation of workshops to share lawmaking experiences.

While updating her guest on Vietnam's socio-economic development and the 14th NA's activities, H.E. Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan stressed that Vietnam continues its consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of foreign relations, comprehensive international integration, proactive participation in and active contribution to important international organisations and regional cooperation mechanisms such as the United Nations, ASEAN, APEC and ASEAN Regional Forum.

Vietnam has contributed responsibly to maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world as well as safeguarding its national integrity and sovereignty on the basis of respecting international law, she added.

The Vietnamese leader congratulated Cambodia on the successful Commune/Sangkat Council Election, which, she said, will create an important prerequisite for the country to successfully organise the general election in 2018 and to build a peaceful, stable and prosperous Cambodia.

H.E. Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan affirmed that Vietnam always treasures the fine sentiments and precious support and assistance that His Majesty the late King-Father Norodom Sihanouk, His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, other Cambodian leaders, including Samdech Heng Samrin, and people of Cambodia have given to the Vietnamese people during the fight for national independence in the past and the process of national construction and development at present.

Vietnam always attaches importance to and give top priority to enhancing relations with Cambodia, she said, stressing that the Party, State and people of Vietnam will exert every effort to reinforce the good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability between Vietnam and Cambodia, considering it as a invaluable common asset of the two nations that should be passed to future generations.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press