President Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrives in Phnom Penh, begins visit to Cambodia
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage arrive in Phnom Penh on 8:30am on December 21 (local time), beginning his two-day State visit to Cambodia. (Photo: VNA)|
Upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, President Phuc was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace Samdech Chaufea Veang Kong Sam Ol, Senior Minister in Charge of the General Affairs to the Ministry of the Royal Palace Kuy Sophal, and Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, among others, from the Cambodian side. Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang and embassy staff were also there to greet the president.
During the visit, Phuc is scheduled to meet King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and National Assembly leaders of Cambodia. He also plans to witness the signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries and attend the inauguration of Cambodia NA’s new administrative building, a project funded by Viet Nam.
It is Phuc’s first official visit to Cambodia as the President of Viet Nam. The visit aims to mark the 55th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations (June 24, 1967 – 2022). It is also the first visit of a foreign head of state to Cambodia since the beginning of this year.
The visit is expected to strengthen the political trust between the two nations and deepen their multi-faceted partnership in a more practical and effective manner. Additionally, it demonstrates Viet Nam’s support for major internal and external events hosted by Cambodia in the coming time, notably the NA elections 2023 and Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2022.