Vietnam, Cambodia boost defense ties
|Minister of National Defense Gen. Phan Van Giang held a reception for visiting Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Tea Banh in Ha Noi on May 23. (Photo: VNA)|
Expressing his delight at the success of the first ministerial-level Vietnam-Cambodia border defense exchange, Minister Giang highlighted its significant meaning in strengthening the two countries’ solidarity and friendship.
He affirmed his Ministry’s desire for further close collaboration and assistance for the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense to successfully conduct its role as ASEAN Chair in 2022.
The Minister stressed the sides need to work closely to practically and effectively implement their cooperation activities this year in line with the plan and with the common perception of the two Defense Ministries' leaders.
In the immediate future, they will join hands to prepare for the 45th anniversary of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s path to topple the Pol Pot genocidal regime (June 20), Minister Giang said.
For his part, Tea Banh lauded Vietnam’s idea of holding the border exchange in contribution to pushing the nations’ relations to new heights.
The Cambodian official said he is pleased with the outcomes of bilateral defense cooperation, particularly the effective implementation of the protocol for 2020-2024 and the plan for 2022.
He also wished for their collaboration to continue this year, which marks the 55th anniversary of Vietnam – Cambodia diplomatic ties (June 24).