At the meeting, General Cuong congratulated the Cambodian government and people on their great achievements in the cause of national construction and development, especially in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Hun Sen receiving Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Tan Cuong

The Vietnamese deputy defense minister also underscored that Vietnam has always treasured support from the Cambodian people in the country’s cause of national liberation in the past and development in the current context, hoping that under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cambodia will successfully organize its elections for commune and ward councils in 2022 and National Assembly elections in 2023.

He also expressed his belief that, as the ASEAN Chair in 2022, Cambodia will successfully perform its tasks, while affirming that Vietnam will always closely coordinate with and support Cambodia in the year of taking over the ASEAN Chairmanship 2022.

The Cambodian Prime Minister and General Cuong during the meeting

In addition, the Vietnamese defense leader hoped that in the coming time, Prime Minister Hun Sen would further create favorable conditions to promote the traditional cooperation between the two countries in general and the two militaries in particular.

Meanwhile, General Cuong also hoped to receive more support from the Cambodian Prime Minister and government for Vietnamese enterprises, including defense ones, to heighten production and business activities in Cambodia, contributing to the development of both countries.

For his part, Prime Minister Hun Sen sent greetings via General Cuong to Vietnamese leaders and warmly welcomed the Vietnamese high-ranking military delegation’s participation in the 19th ASEAN Chiefs of Defense Forces Meeting (ACDFM-19) and their official visit to Cambodia.

For his part, the Cambodian Prime Minister underlined that he always bears in mind the Vietnam’s support for Cambodia to save his country from the Pol Pot genocidal regime, as well as in many other fields.

He affirmed that, Cambodia will stand side by side with Vietnam to promote cooperation and solidarity for the mutual development. As the pandemic is gradually put under control, both sides should seek ways to resume trade cooperation, including tourism. Especially, the two militaries need to boost cooperation, contributing to each country’s development and benefits as well as Vietnam - Cambodia solidarity. 

The Vietnamese delegation visiting Metfone

* Earlier, General Cuong and the Vietnamese delegation also visited Metfone (Viettel branch in Cambodia).

At the meeting, the Vietnamese general encouraged and praised the achievements of Metfone’s staff in running business and conducting other tasks.

General Cuong addressing the meeting with Metfone

He also suggested several orientations for the company’s development in the coming time, while asking them to well perform external affairs work to promote cooperation between the two militaries and the two countries as well.

Translated by Minh Anh