Last Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 10:46:46 Vietnam (GMT+07)
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh Tuesday thanked Vietnam for its past assistance in overthrowing the genocidal Pol Pot regime and its current help in developing Cambodia.
At a meeting with President Nguyen Minh Triet in Hanoi, General Tea Banh, who doubles as the country’s Defense Minister, said “the maturity of the Cambodian Defense Ministry today is partially thanks to … Vietnamese experts on voluntary missions.”
Triet said Vietnam always held cooperation with Cambodia and Laos as a high priority in developing the Indochinese peninsula.
Tea Banh began a four-day official visit to Vietnam Monday at the invitation of Vietnamese Minister of Defense General, Phung Quang Thanh.
During their meeting Tuesday, Banh and Thanh agreed to cooperate on locating and repatriating the remains of Vietnamese volunteers who died on Cambodian soil.
Banh asked the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense to share its experiences in maintaining security and public order and help Cambodia ensure the success of the country’s legislative elections in July.
The leaders agreed they would meet again in the future to strengthen cooperation in personnel training between military hospitals and institutes.
The two sides also agreed to continue joint sea patrols and exchange information on search and rescue operations.