VN Foreign Minister Concludes 3-Day Visit

Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien left Cambodia on Sunday after a three-day visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.

During his visit, Nien met with Prime Minister Hun Sen, For­eign Minister Hor Namhong, Senate President Chea Sim and National Assembly President Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

Nien had told reporters that all issues pertaining to the two countries would be discussed, including long-standing border disputes. However, Sry Thamarong, an adviser to Hun Sen, said the prime minister met with Nien for less than a half an hour Friday so the two did not have time to discuss issues in detail.

“It was just a courtesy call,” Sry Thamarong said. “The foreign minister was just appointed in January so he wanted to introduce himself.”

Chem Widya, permanent secretary for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, described the meetings as a “courtesy call to colleagues from Asean.”

Last month, Vietnamese Nation­al Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh came to Cam­bodia for a four-day visit. In June, Vietnam’s most influential figure, communist party secretary general Le Kha Phieu, visited top officials for two days.

As part of his first tour of Asia as foreign minister, Nien is sched­uled to go to Japan this week for a five-day visit.


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