Wednesday, 25 June 2008

King Sihamoni visits, boosting bilateral ties

President Nguyen Minh Triet receives Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at the Presidential Palace in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang


HA NOI — Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni’s official visit to Viet Nam has marked a new stage of friendship and co-operation between the neighbouring countries, said President Nguyen Minh Triet yesterday.

Triet said that the Vietnamese Party, Government and the people had always appreciated the age-old friendship with Cambodia and now looked forward to expanding bilateral co-operation in the coming years.

The President praised the recent nation-building achievements gained by Cambodian people under the King’s leadership. Likewise, King Norodom Sihamoni expressed his delight in Viet Nam’s socio-economic developments.

The two leaders also expressed their gratitude over the support for their respective countries made during the wars as well as in the present nation-building process. King Norodom Sihamoni vowed to continue in his father, former King Norodom Sihanouk’s footsteps in strengthening and developing traditional bilateral relations. President Triet asked King Sihamoni to convey his invitation to former King Sihanouk and the Queen for an official visit to Viet Nam.

Triet also invited King Sihamoni to return to Viet Nam soon which the King graciously accepted.

On the same day, King Sihamony granted an audience to National Assembly Deputy Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong. — VNS

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