National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday left for an official three-day visit to Vietnam, after which he will continue on to Laos for another three-day visit to boost ties and cooperation.
Mr Samrin led a delegation of National Assembly members and arrived at 10.30am in Vietnam, where they were welcomed by Vietnamese parliamentary members.
According to a statement from the National Assembly, Mr Samrin and his delegation will be in Vietnam before going to Laos until June 1.
In Vietnam, Mr Samrin will hold bilateral talks with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and president of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
“On May 28, National Assembly president Heng Samrin will meet with Ms Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the Vietnamese National Assembly president, to strengthen cooperation between both countries, and especially strengthening cooperation between both national assemblies,” the statement said. “Mr Samrin will sign a cooperation agreement between both national assemblies and both secretariats of the two national assemblies.”
Following his trip to Vietnam, Mr Samrin and his delegation will continue to Laos.
“In Laos, Heng Samrin will hold bilateral talks with his counterpart Ms Pany Yathotuo, and will meet President Bounhang Vorachith,” the statement said, noting that Mr Samrin and his delegates will return to Cambodia on June 1.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia, said Mr Samrin’s official visits are strategic moves that will strengthen relations and cooperation between Cambodia and the two countries.
“I think that it shows the comprehensive relations and cooperation between Cambodia with Vietnam and Laos,” Mr Phea said.
He added that Cambodia’s relations with the two countries have a long history.
“The exchange of delegates between Cambodia and the two countries will strengthen and improve the relations and cooperation,” Mr Phea said.