On the morning of June
24, in Hanoi, the People's Committee of Ha Noi city solemnly held the 55th Anniversary
of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Cambodia (June
24, 1967 - June 24, 2022).
celebration, on the Vietnamese party, there were Politburo members: Permanent
member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat Vo Van Thuong, Head of the
National Steering Committee for the Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Year 2022;
Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung.
And there is also the
attendance of Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee
Do Van Chien; Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Propaganda
and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia.
Prime Minister Le Minh Khai delivered a welcome speech at the Anniversary.
Attending the Celebration
were former leaders of the Government; representative leaders of Ministries, Departments,
sectors, central and local mass organizations; representatives of veterans,
former experts of the voluntary army who fought in Cambodia; heroic Vietnamese
mothers; citizens of Hanoi capital.
On the Cambodian party,
there were: Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An, Minister of National Assembly,
Senate Relations and Inspection of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Vice President of
the Cambodian People's Party, Chairman of the Cambodia - Vietnam Friendship
Association; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of
Cambodia to Vietnam Chay Navuth; leaders of Cambodia - Vietnam Friendship
Association; Embassy staff, representatives of Cambodian citizens and students
living, studying and working in Vietnam.
Speaking at the Ceremony,
on behalf of the leaders of the Party, State and people of Vietnam, Deputy
Prime Minister Le Minh Khai sent warm greetings to the Party, State and people
of the Kingdom of Cambodia on this happy day of the two countries.
The Deputy Prime
Minister emphasized that geographical proximity along with similarities in
culture and history are solid foundations for Vietnam and Cambodia to cultivate
and develop the long - term traditional relationships in Southeast Asia region.
On June 23, 1967, in a
telegram to Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, President Ho Chi Minh stated:
"The establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries is a brilliant
symbol of friendship and solidarity. It is an important historical event
between Vietnam and Cambodia, a positive factor in maintaining peace in
Indochina and Southeast Asia."
Only one day later, on
June 24, 1967, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Kingdom of Cambodia
officially established diplomatic relations, opening a new chapter in the
history of the two countries.
Artistic performance to
celebrate the Anniversary. (Photo: Van Diep/VNA)
During the following
years, the people of Vietnam and Cambodia have continued to stand shoulder to
shoulder in the struggle for national liberation, provided each other
invaluable support and won historic victories together in the Spring of the
When the Cambodian
people faced the terrible Pol Pot genocide, Vietnam had not yet recovered the
heavy consequences of the war. However, Vietnam continued to stand side by side
with the patriotic forces and the Cambodian people, to gain the victory on
January 7, 1979, liberated the country and Cambodian people from the disaster
of extinction, bringing revival to the country of temples and pagodas
back at a past historical period, we are more deeply aware of the importance of
the January 7 victory and more highly appreciate and grateful for the great
merits of the armies and peoples of the two countries, especially heroes,
martyrs, wounded soldiers, voluntary officials, veterans of Vietnamese voluntary
soldiers who participated in the army and performed noble international
missions in Cambodia, without concern of hardship, challenges sacrificed their blood and bones, fighting
for the peace and freedom of the Cambodian people, for the solidarity and traditional
friendship between the peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia,"
emphasized the Deputy Prime Minister.
According to the Deputy
Prime Minister, with the motto of developing bilateral relations: "Good
neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long - term
sustainability," throughout the years, Vietnam - Cambodia relations have been
constantly consolidated and developed in all fields, bringing practical
benefits to the people of the two countries, making positive contributions to
peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.
between the two countries has continued to step up well. The two countries'
senior leaders have maintained visits, contacts and exchanges in various forms,
even during the complicated context of COVID-19 pandemic. Cooperation between
ministries, sectors and localities with practical cooperation mechanisms has
been deployed more effectively and in depth.
Various people – to –
people diplomacy activities, especially in border provinces, have taken place
excitingly and, contributing to raising the people's understanding, especially
the younger generations, about the tradition of solidarity, friendship and
cooperation and mutual assistance between two countries and people.
Economic, trade and
investment cooperation between the two countries has developed rapidly and
achieved encouraging results. Two - way trade turnover in 2021 reached 9.54
billion USD, up 79.1% compared to 2020; particularly in the first 5 months of
2022, reached 5.54 billion, up 18.7% over the same period in 2021.
Up to now, Vietnam has
had 188 investment projects in Cambodia with a total registered capital of 2.8
billion USD, maintaining its leading position in ASEAN and in the group of 5
countries with the largest direct investment in Cambodia.
Tourism continues to be
a potential cooperation field. As soon as the two countries reopened, the
number of Vietnamese tourists to Cambodia in the first three months of 2022
reached more than 46,000 people, ranking first among the countries with
visitors to Cambodia. Cooperation in the field of security and defense has been
continuously strengthened, more and more substantively and effectively.
Deputy Prime Minister
Le Minh Khai emphasized that as one of the important pillars in the
relationship between the two countries, the two parties affirmed that they
would not allow any hostile force to use their territory to harm the security of
the two countries.
On the basis of Treaties
and Agreements of the two countries' senior leaders, functional agencies,
authorities and local people at the border of the two parties are actively
coordinating to implement the demarcation and planting of landmarks on the
President of Cambodian People's Party (CPP), Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister
Men Sam An delivered a speech. (Photo: Van Diep/VNA)
In 2019, the two parties
signed two legal documents recognizing the achievement of demarcation and planting
of landmarks about 84% of the Vietnam - Cambodia land border and are currently
trying to negotiate and settle the remaining 16%; continue to build a border of
peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development."
The governments of the
two countries also always create favorable conditions for immigrants of the two
countries to live in the territories, in accordance with the laws of each
Other areas of
cooperation in education and training, transportation, culture, health care and
telecommunications are interested and promoted. Every year, Vietnam grants
hundreds of long - term scholarships to Cambodian students studying in Vietnam.
Along with that, the
number of Vietnamese students studying in Cambodia is increasing. The two
countries also regularly organize cultural and artistic exchange activities,
especially in border areas. Vietnam regularly organizes groups of voluntary
doctors to provide medical examination and treatment and medicine with no
charge or no fee to Cambodian people.
Cambodian patients who
come to Vietnam for medical examination and treatment are entitled to the same
medical examination and treatment fees as Vietnamese. Especially, the two
countries are always interested in helping and supporting each other in
responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides, the two
countries also work closely at international, regional and sub-regional forums,
especially the United Nations, ASEAN, ASEAN – led mechanisms, Cambodia – Laos -
Vietnam Development Triangle areas. ..., contributing to enhancing the position
and prestige of each country in the region and in the world.
Deputy Prime Minister
Le Minh Khai congratulated Cambodia on recent achievements such as the
successful organization of the 5th election of the Commune and Ward
Council; the first country in the region and the second country in the world to
declare the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, quickly opened up and achieved
socio-economic recovery and development, and achieved many positive results in
its role as Chair of ASEAN 2022, constantly improve its position in the
"As a close
neighboring nation of the beautiful country of Cambodia, Vietnam is delighted
to witness these achievements, and firmly believes that the Cambodian people
will continue to achieve greater new victories in the successful construction
of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Kingdom of Cambodia, with an increasing
role and position in the region and in the international arena," the
Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.
Looking back at the
past 55 years, Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai affirmed that, despite many
difficulties and challenges along with the ups and downs of history, the
traditional solidarity, friendship and comprehensive cooperation and long –
term relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia has been continuously
consolidated and developed, making practical contributions to the construction
and development and prosperity of the two countries.
policy is to support an independent, peaceful, neutral and developed Cambodia.
The Vietnamese Party, State and people attach great importance to and give high
priority to the fruitful neighborly relationship, traditional friendship,
comprehensive and long-term sustainable cooperation with Cambodia.
This is also the desire
and determination of the senior leaders of the two countries, as General
Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said on the occasion of his state visit to Cambodia
in 2017: "Even if there are changes in the world and regional situation, Vietnam
always respects and will do its best together with Cambodia to preserve and
cultivate the Vietnam - Cambodia relationship forever green, eternally
Being Delighted to
attend the celebration of the two countries in Vietnam, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister
of National Assembly Relations, Senate and Inspectorate of Cambodia Men Sam An
emphasized, over the past 55 years, the two countries have always been close friends,
good neighbors; together built a relationship of solidarity, friendship,
long-standing traditional cooperation and behaved warmly as brothers,
teammates, neighbors, and have won great success in cooperation in all fields.
During the war, the two
countries side by side fought to help and support each other in the cause of
successful liberation from the colonial yoke and independence, sovereignty,
freedom and complete national harmony.
Today, the two
countries have entered a new page of history thanks to the achievement of
peace, territorial integrity, progress and development in all fields,
especially in the fields of diplomacy, defense, trade, investment and tourism.
The people of the two countries often travel between the two nations for
In particular, the border
area between the two countries is getting closer and closer thanks to the visa -
free policy and connection of the transport network with many forms such as
road, waterway and airway.
This is a factor that
creates favorable conditions for maintaining peace and stability, promoting
economic development and improving people's living standards, and reducing
poverty for the people of the two countries.
Considering that the
settlement of the land border issue is one of the achievements of cooperation
between the country, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An assessed that
the basic completion of the demarcation and planting of landmarks, jointly
preserves and builds a border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development
in order to bring practical benefits to the two peoples, especially residents
living along the border.
Expressing the most
sincere and profound respect and gratitude for the merits of the Party, State,
Army and people of Vietnam for always helping and supporting with the people of
Cambodia, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia Men Sam An emphasized that
Vietnam's support and assistance has contributed to the development of
Cambodia, which was separated due to war, now becomes a unified country with
complete peace and development in all areas.
This Anniversary is a
testament to the consolidation and cultivation of the friendship, and fruitful
cooperation between the peoples of the two countries, which is constantly
On this occasion,
representatives of former experts and Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who
participated in the Cambodian revolution; Youth representatives of the two
countries shared their feelings during the meaningful event with the two
countries and the two peoples.
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