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December 2009

Vietnam and Cambodia established diplomatic relations on 24 June 1967.
The relationship between the two countries is unceasingly consolidated and developed in all fields. The two countries have exchanged many high level delegations.

Vietnam’s visits to Cambodia include those paid by General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, President Le Duc Anh and President Tran Duc Luong, General Secretary Nong Duc Manh. During General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s visit to Cambodia in March 2005, the two countries agreed to the guidelines of developing the relations between the two countries in the new stage in the spirit of “Good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability". Prime Minister Phan Van Khai paid an official visit to Cambodia in July 2006 and signed some more cooperation agreements.  

Other recent important visits to Cambodia include those paid by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung (September 2006), Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (December 2006), President Nguyen Minh Triet (February 2007), National Assembly President Nguyen Phu Trong (April 2007), Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem (August 2007) and National Assembly Vice President Tong Thi Phong (March 2009).

Cambodia’s visits to Vietnam include those paid by His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk (now former King), Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen (October 2005 and November 2008), His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni (March 2006 and June 2008), President of Senate Samdech Chea Sim (November 2008), National Assembly President Samdech Heng Somrin (June 2006 and January 2009).

These high-level visits have been contributing to bringing the relationship between the two countries to a new height.

Cooperation in the fields of economics, science, technology, culture and security and national defense has been increasingly consolidated and developed. The Governments of the two countries have made a sound decision to sign the complementary agreement on the 1985 Treaty to settle the long-standing border issues in order to build a peaceful borderline, forming a significant foundation for the future of the two countries. In this spirit, the inauguration of the border marker at the Moc Bai - Ba Vet international border gate was held on 27 September, 2006 and was witnessed by the two Prime Ministers. 

Trade and economic ties between Vietnam and Cambodia are continuing to flourish, matching the two countries’ political relations and potentials. The two-way trade turnover grows by about 40% annually, reaching US $950 million in 2006, US $1.181 billion in 2007, US $1.7 billion in 2008 and is expected to reach US $2 billion by 2010. Vietnam currently ranks third among Cambodia’s trading partners from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and sixth among countries establishing economic ties with Cambodia. The two countries organized the 11th Meeting of the Viet Nam – Cambodia Joint Commission for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technological Cooperation in December 2009.  

In addition to the bilateral relationship, as members of ASEAN, the two countries have enhanced cooperation and mutual assistance within the framework of ASEAN and other international and regional cooperation mechanisms such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Francophone, the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the Cambodia-Viet Nam-Laos Development Triangle, the East West Economic Corridor (EWEC), the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), and the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam cooperation (CLMV) etc... The two nations have regularly exchanged views and coordinated their activities at international and regional fora.



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