Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang on Friday expressed his hope that Vietnam and Cambodia will make every effort to strengthen and deepen their defense links, maintaining its role as a pillar of bilateral ties. During online talks with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Samdech Picheysena Tea Banh, Giang stressed that in any circumstance, the Vietnamese Party, State, and army always attach great importance to the fine neighborliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia. Regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Cambodia, Giang said Vietnam stands side-by-side with its neighbor in the pandemic fight and will do its best to help it overcome the difficulties.
The Cambodian minister, for his part, thanked Vietnam for its timely dispatch of experts and medical supplies to Cambodia.
The two ministers stressed the need to revamp bilateral cooperation in political and ideological education, maintenance of defense policy dialogue mechanism, personnel training, management of the shared borderline, and the fight against cross-border crime, smuggling, trade fraud, drug trafficking, and illegal exit and entry. The two countries will also support each other at multilateral forums to which both are members, the ministers promised.