Cambodian Senate President Arrived in Hanoi

The official visit to Vietnam by President of the Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum is expected to contribute to consolidating and promoting the good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability between the two countries.

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President of the Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum and a Cambodian high-ranking delegation have arrived in Hanoi to start a three-day official visit to Vietnam from October 24-26 at the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, VNA reported Monday.

Cambodian Senate President Arrived in Hanoi
President of the Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum starts official visit to Vietnam. Source: daibieunhandan.vn

This is an important political activity between the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) and the Cambodian Senate in 2022 – also the “Vietnam – Cambodia, Cambodia – Vietnam Friendship Year”, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations (June 24, 1967).

It aims to contribute to strengthening the close relations and political trust between the two Parties, States, and legislatures.

Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum is currently Vice President of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

The Cambodian Senate leader’s visit after the Vietnam one by President of the Cambodian National Assembly Samdech Heng Samrin is a chance for the two sides to discuss and evaluate the cooperation between the two legislative bodies over the year, contributing to reinforcing and promoting the sound neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-standing stability between the two countries.

This is the first direct meeting between Samdech Say Chhum and NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cambodian Senate President Arrived in Hanoi
Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs Vu Hai Ha welcomes the President of the Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum at Noi Bai International Airport. Source: daibieunhandan.vn

In recent years, the relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia has developed stably.

After the two countries reopened their doors following the pandemic earlier this year, the exchange of delegations at all levels has increased, and the two countries have coordinated closely in organizing a lot of activities in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Two-way trade hit USD 9.54 billion in 2021, up 79.1% year-on-year, and USD 7.08 billion in the first seven months of this year, up 17.8% year-on-year.

To date, Vietnam has 188 valid investment projects in Cambodia with a total registered capital of USD 2.8 billion, maintaining its leading position in ASEAN and in the top five countries with the largest direct investment in Cambodia.

Cooperation in defense, security, border, education and training, science and technology, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges continue to be promoted.

Regarding the relations between the two legislative bodies, over the years, they have been well developed at both bilateral and multilateral levels. The two sides have maintained and well implemented the cooperation agreement between the two NAs signed in May 2019.

The Vietnamese NA has just welcomed Cambodian NA President Samdech Heng Samrin on his official visit to Vietnam from September 12-14.

Chairmen of the Lao NA’s Foreign Affairs Committee Sanya Praseuth and of the Cambodian NA’s Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation Sous Yara also visited Vietnam to attend an October 18 consultation meeting between the foreign affairs committees of the three NAs.

This is the first cooperation activity between the three committees to prepare for the NA chairmen’s meeting of the CLV countries, which is slated for 2023.

Hannah Nguyen