Deepening Vietnam-Laos, Vietnam-Cambodia relations in more substantive and effective manner

Monday, 2017-04-24 04:26:38
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife
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NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to the two neighbouring countries of Laos and Cambodia is an important event to celebrate the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2017 and Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017.

The visits come at a time when Vietnam-Laos and Vietnam-Cambodia relations are thriving in all areas, thereby affirming that Vietnam always attaches importance to fostering the fine neighbourliness, time-honoured friendship, comprehensive and long-lasting cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as the time-honoured friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos in a more substantive and effective manner, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.

Under the reign of King Norodom Sihamoni and leadership of the Royal Cambodian Government headed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cambodia has seen continuous development with the political situation stabilised and national security guaranteed. In recent years, the Cambodian economy has grown at a fairly high rate, averaging at 7% a year, while standards of living have improved, the rate of poverty has fallen sharply and external relations have been strengthened and expanded.

As neighbouring countries sharing periods of hardship, Vietnam and Cambodia agree that reinforcing and furthering the fine neighbourliness, time-honoured friendship, comprehensive and long-lasting cooperation are of special significance to both countries. The intimate political relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia is reflected in the two sides maintaining regular delegation exchanges; fostering bilateral cooperation mechanisms in security-defence, economics, trade and investment, as well as cooperation between the two countries’ ministries, local authorities and organisations, helping to maintain and protect a borderline of peace, stability, friendship and cooperation. The two sides have been active in organising various activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1967-2017) to strengthen mutual understanding between the two countries’ people, especially the youth, about the fine tradition of solidarity, friendship and mutual assistance.

Implementing economic reforms spearheaded by the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party over the past 30 years, the Lao people have gained significant achievements, improving the people’s lives and enhancing the country’s position in the region and the world. The close-knit relationship between Vietnam and Laos has been challenged and strengthened, and over time has become a symbol of friendship, an invaluable asset for generations of the two countries’ people. The Vietnam-Laos special solidarity, loyal and supportive relationship has been continually cultivated, reinforced and fostered in a deeper, more substantive and effective manner in all areas, especially in regards to the close and trusted political relationship and cooperation in security-defence; economics, trade and investment; education-training and manpower development; transport, science, technology, agriculture, culture, tourism and so on.

The two countries emphasise that the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017 is highly significant for reinforcing and promoting the time-honoured friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation relationship, regarding it as an important factor in ensuring the development of each country in national renovation, bringing a wealthy and happy life to the people of Vietnam and Laos.

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have been working closely with one another at many global and regional forums. The three countries have agreed to further deepen cooperation and linkage within the ASEAN Community, striving to build an ASEAN Community of unity, cooperation and prosperity.

During Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Cambodia and Laos, leaders of the three countries will discuss orientations and specific measures to deepen the Vietnam-Laos and Vietnam-Cambodia relationships in a more substantive and effective manner and in accordance with the desires and interests of each country.

The visits are highly significant for keeping the Vietnam-Laos and Vietnam-Cambodia relationships evergreen and everlasting, for the sake of each country’s people, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.