The agreement was reached during the meeting between Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang and his Cambodian counterpart General Tea Banh at the headquarters of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense (MND) on May 23.

At the reception for General Tea Banh, who is also Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister, the Vietnamese defense chief expressed his delight at the success of the first Vietnam - Cambodia border defense friendship exchange, confirming that it importantly contributed to promoting the solidarity and friendship between the two countries.

General Giang talks with General Tea Banh.

General Giang congratulated Cambodia on hosting the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 32) next year, and the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense on the successful organization of the freshly-concluded ASEAN Defense Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM) and ADSOM Plus.

Stressing that the Vietnamese MND will continue to closely cooperate and support the Cambodian counterpart in assuming the role of ASEAN Chair in 2022, General Giang believed that Cambodia, under the leadership of the Government and Prime Minister Hun Sen, will successfully organize commune- and ward-level elections and perform its role as ASEAN Chair 2022.

General Giang, General Tea Banh and delegates in a joint photo

For his part, General Tea Banh once again highly appreciated Vietnam’s initiative of organizing the aforementioned exchange. The Cambodian defense chief emphasized that the exchange was a historic event of the two militaries, contributing to strengthening the relationship between the peoples and militaries of the two countries. 

General Tea Banh expressed his satisfaction with the outcomes of the bilateral defense cooperation over the past time, especially the effective implementation of various contents of the Cooperation Protocol for the 2020-2024 period and the Cooperation Plan for 2022. According to the Cambodian general, many cooperation contents have exceeded expectations.

Also at the meeting, the two sides consented to jointly prepare for the upcoming 45th anniversary of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s “Journey to overthrow the Pol Pot genocidal regime,” to ensure it a success.

Translated by Mai Huong