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Việt Nam, Cambodia celebrate close-knit ties on 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations



Art performance at the celebration for 55th anniversary of Việt Nam-Cambodia diplomatic relations held in Hà Nội on Friday. — VNA/ Photo Văn Điệp

HÀ NỘI — A grand celebration was held at Hà Nội Opera House on Friday to mark the 55th anniversary of Việt Nam-Cambodia’s diplomatic relations (June 24, 1967-2022), with the participation of high-level delegations from both countries led by their respective Deputy Prime Ministers.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Lê Minh Khái in his address stressed that geographical proximity and historical, and cultural similarities are the solid foundation for the two countries to cultivate one of the oldest relations in Southeast Asia.

He said after the Democratic Republic of Việt Nam and the Kingdom of Cambodia officially set up diplomatic ties 55 years ago, the two had been closely accompanying each other in the fight for national liberation, which eventually came in the spring of 1975.

When Cambodia faced the genocidal threat from the Pol Pot regime, Việt Nam even though still reeling from the consequences of war devastations, provided support for Cambodian revolutionary forces to help defeat the regime on January 7, 1979, bringing a ‘revival’ to the country, Khái said, emphasising the appreciation to the troops and people of the two countries who have made sacrifices for Cambodia’s freedom and peace and for the brotherly relations between Việt Nam and Cambodia.

The bilateral ties had been continually consolidated since then, bringing practical benefits to the two countries, he noted.

Two-way trade in 2021 reached US$9.54 billion, up 79.1 per cent compared to 2020, and in the first five months of 2022 alone, the figure has reached US$5.54 billion, up 18 per cent compared to the same period last year.

After the two countries reopened, Vietnamese tourists to Cambodia in the first three months of 2022 had reached 46,000, the highest number among arrivals to the country.

Deputy PM Khái underlined that as one of the important pillars of the relationship between the two countries, the two sides affirmed that they would not allow any hostile forces to use their territories to threaten the other country’s security.

On the basis of treaties and agreements reached, the two sides were actively coordinating to implement the demarcation and planting of landmarks on the land border, with 84 per cent of the line already completed, and talks on the remaining 16 per cent underway.

Khái said people-to-people exchanges were flourishing, with hundreds of long-term scholarships by Việt Nam granted to Cambodia every year, frequent cultural and arts performances held at the border localities, and a series of medical checkups and medication aid for Cambodian people by Vietnamese volunteer doctors, etc.

Deputy PM Khái congratulated Cambodia on recent achievements such as the successful organisation of the 2022 communal elections, being the first country in the region and the second country in the world to declare eradication of COVID-19, quick reopening and recovery, as well as fulfilling the responsibilities as the chair of ASEAN this year, constantly improving its position in the international arena.

“Việt Nam is glad to see the achievements of Cambodia and firmly believes Cambodia will continue to reap further greater achievements in building a country of peace, stability, and prosperity, and with a greater role in the region and in the world,” he said.

Việt Nam’s consistent policy is to “support an independent, peaceful, neutral and developed Cambodia,” Deputy PM Khái said, adding that the Vietnamese Party, State, and people attach great importance to the good neighbourly relationship, traditional friendship, comprehensive and long-term sustainable cooperation with Cambodia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of the Cambodian People’s Party Men Sam An said Việt Nam and Cambodia had always been close friends, good and trustworthy neighbours.

After fighting side by side for the national liberation and unification, the two countries had opened up chapters in history, with marked progress on all fronts – especially diplomacy, defence, trade, investment, and tourism, she said.

People at the border areas were getting all the more closer to each other thanks to the visa waiver policy and the multitude of transport methods available – from roads to waterways, and by air – which helped facilitate the maintenance of peace, stability, and economic development as well as poverty reduction in these localities.

Expressing the most sincere and profound respect and gratitude for the assistance from the Party, State, Army, and people of Việt Nam towards the Cambodian people, Deputy PM Cambodia Men Sam An said Việt Nam’s support had contributed to the development of Cambodia.

This anniversary was a testament to the consolidation and cultivation of the friendship, friendship, and good cooperation between the peoples of the two countries, which is forever expanding and holding firm, she said.

Later on Friday, the two Deputy PMs of Việt Nam and Cambodia held official talks in Hà Nội. —

Vietnamese, Cambodian delegations stand up for national anthemes of the two countries. — VNA/ Photo



Vietnam Deputy PM calls for respect for int’l law at 77th UN General Assembly



Vietnamese Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasized the need for respecting international law as well as independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries during his speech at the United Nations (UN) this weekend.

Deputy PM Minh delivered a speech at the high-level joint discussion session during the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) in New York on Saturday (local time), the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The world is at a turning point in history when confrontations, conflicts, and violations of international law continue to increase, reflecting the great power competition and unilateralism, the deputy premier stated.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and many other non-traditional security challenges are threatening the very existence of humanity, delaying efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

In that context, the deputy prime minister emphasized that the international community needs to make fundamental changes and reshape its approach to global issues.

It is necessary to put people at the center of all development efforts, he added.

Vietnam’s experiences over the past decades show that international solidarity and cooperation constitute an important ‘key’ in this process.

Confrontational and zero-sum game approach must be eliminated, Minh proposed, calling for the promotion of multilateralism and international cooperation in an open, inclusive, fair and mutually beneficial manner.

He emphasized the need for respecting international law, the United Nations Charter, and especially the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries,

All disputes should be settled by peaceful means, the deputy premier continued, highlighting the need for strong and effective multilateral institutions, with the UN at the heart, to best address global challenges.

Regarding the regional situation, Southeast Asian countries are making efforts to build a strong and united ASEAN Community that plays a central role in the regional security architecture and in promoting cooperation with partners.

Minh praised ASEAN’s efforts to find comprehensive solutions to problems in the region, including the situation in Myanmar.

He underlined the need for maintaining peace, stability, maritime safety, and security in the East Vietnam Sea, and called on all parties to resolve disputes by peaceful means, with full respect for legal and diplomatic processes and in accordance with international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

He quoted the President of the 32nd Session of the General Assembly while welcoming Vietnam to the UN 45 years ago as saying that the admission of Vietnam marked a further step toward consolidating peace and security in the world. 

“We have consistently supported and pursued a balanced and constructive approach in seeking lasting solutions to global issues,” Minh stated.

Vietnam has consistently worked to advance mutual understanding and respect as well as foster dialogue and cooperation.

The deputy premier called for support from UN members as Vietnam is striving for a seat on the Human Rights Council for the 2023-25 term.

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc departs for Japan for funeral of ex-PM Shinzo Abe



Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage left Hanoi for Tokyo on a commercial flight on Sunday morning to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Accompanying the president are his assistant Bui Huy Hung, chairman of the Presidential Office Le Khanh Hai, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lawmaking National Assembly Vu Hai Ha, and Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, among other high officials.

During his three-day trip to Japan, President Phuc will attend the main events of the state funeral and meet with former PM Abe’s family members, Japanese leaders, and leading officials from certain countries, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition to the Vietnamese head of state, the funeral will also be attended by about 50 leaders and former leaders of other countries, including U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian PM Narendra Modi, former British PM Theresa May, and ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among others.

Emperor of Japan Hironomiya Naruhito will host receptions for heads of the delegations attending the event, while Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the spouse of ex-PM Abe will extend thanks to them.

The state funeral ceremony will commence at 2:00 pm on Tuesday at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, with about 6,000 guests in attendance.

President Phuc’s presence at the funeral shows Vietnam’s affection and recognition for former PM Abe’s great contributions to promoting the two countries’ relations, and at the same time affirming the importance of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, according to the foreign ministry. 

During his time in office, PM Abe visited Vietnam four times and made significant devotion to boosting the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, the ministry added.

Abe was assassinated on July 8 morning while giving a speech in Nara City as part of his campaigning support for a parliamentary candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party in Nara Prefecture.

He was shot twice in the back with a homemade gun by the Japanese suspect, 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, and died at the hospital later the same day due to blood loss.

Abe, passing away at 67, was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, holding the post in 2006-07 and later from 2012 to 2020.

Vietnam and Japan have seen the bilateral relationship develop fruitfully since their establishment of diplomatic relations on September 21, 1973, and are looking forward to celebrating their 50th year of the diplomatic ties next year.

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Vietnam Days Abroad 2022 to take place in Austria, India, S.Korea



Vietnam Days Abroad 2022, with diverse activities to promote Vietnam’s land, people and culture to international friends, will be held in Austria, India, and South Korea on the anniversaries of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and these countries, a diplomat has announced.

Tran Quoc Khanh, deputy head of the Department of Cultural Diplomacy and UNESCO under Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement at a press conference held in Hanoi on Thursday to introduce the coming annual Vietnam Days Abroad.

“This is the time for us to further promote to international friends the image of a Vietnam overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, a fresh Vietnam with its rich culture identity and friendly and hospitable people, and a Vietnam willing to boost cooperation with other countries in all fields,” Khanh said.

Specifically, Vietnam Day in Austria 2022 will take place on September 28 and 29 in Vienna, the Austrian capital, featuring activities such as the Vietnam’s Cultural Space in Austria and the Vietnam-Austria Business Forum.

The event will provide an overview of the 50-year cooperation and friendship relations between the two countries, opening opportunities to promote bilateral economic and trade ties and to further understand Vietnamese culture through Vietnamese tea art, Dong Ho folk paintings and lacquer paintings.

In particular, the orchestra of the Vietnam National Music Academy will join Austrian artists to perform some typical musical works of the two countries at the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Austria.

More than a month later, the Vietnam Day in India 2022 is expected to be held from November 3 to 4 in New Delhi, the Indian capital.

During these days, activities celebrating the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and India will be held, offering chances to discover Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine, to learn about the Vietnamese tea art, and to join many other cultural promotion activities.

In South Korea, the Vietnam Day program is expected to take place from late November through early December in the country’s capital, Seoul, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam-South Korea diplomatic ties.

With the goal of targeting the young public, Vietnam Day in Korea in 2022 will focus on cinema exchange activities, cuisine programs with the theme of “Family cuisine in the cultures of Vietnam and South Korea” that feature Vietnam’s tea art, water puppetry performances, and the making of Dong Ho folk paintings.

Within the framework of the Vietnam Day programs in Austria, India and South Korea, the foreign ministry will coordinate with its partners to officially launch two digital cultural products including the online exhibition entitled “Vietnamese Lacquer Painting” and a Vietnamese culture-based video game named “Lac Viet Adventure Diary”.

Vietnam Days Abroad is an annual national promotion program hosted by the foreign affairs ministry since 2010 under the assignment of the Prime Minister.

The latest information about Vietnam Days Abroad 2022 will be updated on the Vietnam Days Abroad fanpage and the website

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