A delegation of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA) led by Vice Chairman Nguyễn Ánh Chức paid from October 23-26 a working visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia.
GCRA delegation meets with Minister and Secretaries of Cambodia’s cults and religion ministry
During the visit, the delegation had a working meeting with Minister of the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religion Chay Borin on October 23. Joining the event included Secretary of Vietnam Embassy in Cambodia Nguyễn Thế Khánh, and Secretaries of the cults and religion ministry.
Posing for a group photo
During the meeting, Vice Chairman Nguyễn Ánh Chức highlighted the fine traditional relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia, and similarities in culture, history, and religion in the two countries. The official also extended congratulations to Minister of the Cambodia’s Ministry of Cults and Religion Chay Borin on his new post and expressed hope that in his position, the bilateral relation between the Cambodia’s Ministry of Cults and Religion and the Vietnam’s Home Affairs Ministry would continue developing and achieving more practical results, contributing to enhance the cooperative relation and the comprehensive partnership between two countries, as well as peace, stability, and cooperation in the region and the world.
The GCRA official emphasized the important signing of the cooperation agreement in religious affairs for the 2022-2026 period between Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as collaboration in religious affairs training for cadres of Cambodia’s cults and religion ministry in Vietnam, and strengthening Buddhist exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. He also informed the host that the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha has sent a report to the Vietnamese government for hosting a Buddhist Summit of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam from November 21-22 in Ho Chi Minh city.
On the occasion, Vice Chairman Nguyễn Ánh Chức expressed hope that the Cambodia government and its cults and religion ministry would continue training cooperation for cadres of the two countries, and creating favourable conditions for religious practices of Vietnamese Buddhists and Caodai followers in Cambodia in accordance with the law of the host country.
According to Minister Chay Borin, religious followers in Cambodia currently account for about 95 percent of the country’s population, with 5,000 Buddhist pagodas, over 700 Buddhists monks, other religions in the country includes Catholicism, Protestantism, Islamic community, Caodaism and Baha’i Faith. The minister stated that the Cambodia government always allows religions to freely and peacefully operate, with appropriate policies for religions to live in harmony with people in accordance with the law. He also acknowledged supports of Vietnam in helping Cambodia escape from the Pol Pot genocide.
Vice Chairman Nguyễn Ánh Chức and Minister Chay Borin
Visiting Vietnam Embassy in Cambodia
Meeting with Most Venerable Tep Vong, Great Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia
During the visit, the GCRA delegation also visited and had exchanges with Vietnam Embassy in Cambodia and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam in Cambodia Nguyễn Huy Tăng; Most Venerable Bour Kry, Supreme Patriarch of the Dhammayut Order of Cambodia; Most Venerable Tep Vong, Great Supreme Patriarch of the Mahanikay Order of Cambodia; the Senior leadership of CPC Islamic community in Phnom Penh; Phnom Penh Caodai parish under the Tay Ninh Caodai Church in Cambodia; the head monk and authorities of Preah Sihanouk province, and Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument in Phnom Penh.
Posing for a group photo at Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument in Phnom Penh