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Vietnam leader meets the King on official visit

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Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, arrives at Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday. FACEBOOK

Vietnam leader meets the King on official visit

Nguyen Phu Trong, the secretary-general of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is scheduled to separately meet with three top Cambodian leaders after meeting King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk at the Royal Palace on Monday.

Trong’s two-day official visit between Monday and Tuesday follows the King’s invitation.

Senior Cambodian officials welcomed Trong at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday afternoon. They included Minister of the Royal Palace Kong Sam Ol, Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection Men Sam An and Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press release dated February 20 said after meeting the King and Queen Mother, Trong is set to meet two Cambodian leaders on Tuesday, in addition to Senate president Say Chhum, National Assembly president Heng Samrin, and Prime Minister Hun Sen in a ceremony marking the signing of documents.

“HE Nguyen Phu Trong is scheduled to join Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen in presiding over a ceremony in which some documents are signed,” the letter read.

Trong is also scheduled to visit the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument.

Kin Phea, the director-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, said Cambodian-Vietnamese relations are normal and that improving them will help boost trade between the two countries.

“The Vietnamese leader’s visit can help improve relations between the two countries and advance understanding. Normally, state leaders’ visits are associated with some kind of agreement, so it can be just the additional push to boost the trade sector,” he said.

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