March, 11 2011
SIEM REAP — Viet Nam highly valued the co-operation in national defence with Cambodia, especially concerning security border sovereignty and drug smuggling.
Politburo member and Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh made the remarks while engaging in talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Tea Banh in Siem Reap yesterday.
Thanh briefed Tea Banh on the political and socio-economic situations in Viet Nam, especially the results of the 11th Party Congress. He affirmed that the Vietnamese Government had always wanted Cambodia to stabilise its border issues and maintain its relationships with ASEAN countries.
Thanh also valued Cambodia's effective co-operation in the search for remains of volunteer Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodia.
Cambodian Deputy PM Tea Banh expressed his pleasure that Viet Nam had overcome the global economic downturn and stabilised economic growth.
He agreed with the contents of Viet Nam's national defence co-operation and said regular exchange of soldiers between the two countries should be implemented in the future.
The Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence delegation's visit, led by General Thanh, to Cambodia will run through today.
The two sides signed the Viet Nam-Cambodia National Defence Agreement earlier this year. — VNS