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Assembly’s delegation visits Laos, Vietnam on Sept 12-16

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National Assembly (NA) president Heng Samrin will lead a high-level delegation for official visits to Vietnam and Laos next week to expand ties with the neighbouring countries. NA

Assembly’s delegation visits Laos, Vietnam on Sept 12-16

National Assembly (NA) president Heng Samrin will lead a high-level delegation for official visits to Vietnam and Laos next week to expand ties with the neighbouring countries.

According to the NA’s General Secretariat, the delegation will visit Vietnam from September 12 to 14.

“These visits are to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the legislative and executive bodies of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos,” it said in a September 7 notice.

During the Vietnam visit, the delegation is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions and pay courtesy calls on several key Vietnamese leaders.

The delegation will pay courtesy calls on Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

They will also meet with chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Vuong Dinh Hue, president of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association Nguyen Thi Thanh and chairman of the Vietnam-Cambodia Parliamentarians Friendship Group Nguyen Duc Hai. In addition, they will sign a “gold visitors” book during their visit to the Vietnamese legislature.

Following their Vietnam trip, the delegation will visit Laos from September 14 to 16.

The delegation is scheduled to pay courtesy calls on key leaders including Lao President Thongloun Sisoulit and Prime Minister Phorn Kham Viphavan.

The delegation will also meet with the president of the Laos-Cambodia Friendship Association and conduct bilateral meetings with the chairman of the Laos Foreign Affairs Committee. They will also visit and inspect the Thanaleng Dry Port International Gate and the Vientiane Logistics Park.

Kin Phea, director of International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that fostering bonds of friendship with neighbouring countries is sensible.

He said the planned visits are part of strengthening all-round cooperation.

“If we look at the ties between the three countries, it is a healthy neighbourly relationship, a good brotherhood and filled with positive developments. It is steadily strengthening and expanding day by day, in line with Cambodia’s foreign policy. We want cooperative and peaceful relationships,” he said.

Phea considered that exchanges of visits demonstrate the strength of ties.

“We cannot envision any circumstances which break the closeness of the relationship between the three nations,” he added.

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