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Deputy PM pays courtesy visits to Cambodian leaders

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem on August 21 paid courtesy visits to King Norodom Sihamoni, Senate President Samdech Chea Sim and Acting Chairman of the National Assembly Nguon Nhel of Cambodia.

Khiem, who doubles as Foreign Minister, is leading a Governmental delegation on an official visit to Cambodia to attend the ninth session of the Viet Nam-Cambodia Joint Committee for Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

During his meeting, King Sihamoni hailed the outcome of Khiem’s first ever visit to Cambodia as a Deputy PM-cum-Foreign Minister and the joint committee’s session as major contributions to consolidating and deepening traditional relations and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

King Sihamoni also expressed profound gratitude to Viet Nam for its strong assistance and good sentiments towards the Grand King Norodom Sihanouk, the King himself and people of Cambodia in their past struggle for national salvation as well as the current economic development.

He described charitable medical check-ups and treatment provided by Vietnamese doctors for the poor in Cambodia as strong evidence of friendship and mutual assistance between the two countries.

Both Senate President Chea Sim and NA Acting Chairman Nguon Nhel expressed their delights at recent positive developments in the bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of economy, education and training, health care, security, national defence and transport.

The Cambodian leaders welcomed the two countries’ accelerated planting of land markers with a view to building their common border into a border of peace, friendship and cooperation.

They also emphasised the importance of bilateral cooperation mechanisms as well as cooperation between ministries, sectors and localities of Cambodia and Viet Nam, saying that these have greatly contributed to deepening cooperative ties between the two neighbouring countries.-(VNA)

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