Vietnam - Cambodia jointly cultivate the sustainable traditional friendship

On the morning of June 24, 2022, the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Cambodia (June 24, 1967 - June 24, 2022) was solemnly held at the Opera House (Hanoi) with the attendance of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai and his Cambodian counterpart Men Sam An together with many other leaders and former senior leaders of Vietnam and Cambodia.

As two neighboring countries locating on the Indochinese peninsula, in the lower Mekong region with the agricultural civilization of water rice as well as a long history in Southeast Asia, Vietnam and Cambodia share many same features, being always close with strong attachment and helping each other in the process of building and developing the country.

Over the past years, despite the complicated situations in the world and the region, with the efforts of the two sides, the relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia continue to have important developments in terms of breadth and depth, becoming an important factor to create a long-term peaceful and stable environment so that socio-economic development is fostered and the position of each country is raised up, making positive contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and around the world.

Political relations between Vietnam and Cambodia have been strengthened, playing a pivotal role and guiding the overall relationship between the two countries. The two sides have signed many documents as the basis for comprehensive cooperation development. The two sides also conduct regular visits, meetings and contacts between senior leaders at all levels through flexible forms, even in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic. Bilateral cooperation mechanisms, especially important ones such as the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Conference on Cooperation and Development of Vietnam-Cambodia Border Provinces continue to prove the positive effects.

On the basis of good political relations, the fields of bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia in recent years have been promoted. Defense and security cooperation has deepened and become an important pillar in the two countries' relations. The two sides coordinated to implement cooperation agreements on defense and security; strengthen cooperation in information exchange, coordinate to ensure political and social stability in each country, security and safety of borders on land and at sea.

During the meetings, the two countries' senior leaders affirmed that the two sides need to step up cooperation on both Party and State channels and exchanges among organizations of the two countries. Senior leaders of the two sides agreed to strengthen the connection between the two economies in terms of physical connection in infrastructure and soft connection in terms of institutions, policies and services; soon complete the Master Plan Connecting the two economies of Vietnam - Cambodia by 2030; continue to create a favorable environment and encourage enterprises of the two countries to strengthen investment and business cooperation.

Walking through a long history and many challenges, Vietnam-Cambodia relations have been constantly built and nurtured, making an important contribution to create an environment of peace, cooperation and friendship in the region. Vietnam's consistent foreign policy always attaches importance to and gives top priority to develop relations with Cambodia on the basis of respect for independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in each other's internal affairs. equality, mutual benefit, creating conditions for mutual development, for the benefit of the people of each country, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world./.

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