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Cambodian, Vietnamese PMs inaugurate border pillar to mark 45th diplomatic birthday

KAMPOT, Cambodia, June 24 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung jointly inaugurated the Boundary Pillar No. 314 on Sunday in order to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between the two neighbors.

The pillar is located at the terminus of the land boundary between Cambodia’s Kampot province and Vietnam’s Kien Giang province.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Hun Sen said the Boundary Pillar No. 314 was the last overland boundary mark between Cambodia and Vietnam. “After this, we will continue demarcating the maritime boundary between the two countries,” he said.

The premier added that as good neighbors and the same ASEAN family, Cambodia and Vietnam are committed to building a border of peace, friendship and cooperation for the mutual interests of the two countries and peoples.

Nguyen Tan Dung said the inauguration of the boundary pillar No. 314 has not only reflected full peace and stronger cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia, but it also helped boost economics, trade and tourism between the two nations.

It was the second time that the two countries’ leaders jointly inaugurated border marks. The first one was the inauguration of the border mark No. 171 in Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province and Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province in 2006.

Cambodia shares 1,270 kilometers of border with Vietnam to the east. To date, about 80 percent of the border demarcation has been completed and the two countries vowed to fully complete it by the end of this year.

After the inauguration on Sunday, the two Prime Ministers also co-chaired the 3rd Cambodia-Vietnam Conference on the Investment Promotion, which was held at Ha Tien, the capital city of Kien Giang province.

During the conference, the two premiers witnessed the signing of the protocol on the amendment of the agreement on the promotion and protection of investment between the government of Cambodia and the government of Vietnam.

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