BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) — China and Cambodia agreed to consolidate their traditional friendship here on Wednesday.

The traditional friendship between the two countries has become even firmer as time goes by, said China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang in his meeting with President of the Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum in Beijing.

Zhang said the two countries support each other on their core interests, which shows their strategic mutual trust.

He said the two sides should expand cooperation in all areas, enhance cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and carry forward the traditional friendship.

Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), said the NPC will have more exchanges with Cambodia's National Assembly and senate on national governance, and strengthen coordination and cooperation in multilateral parliamentary organizations.

Say Chhum said Cambodia attaches high importance on their traditional ties and spoke highly of the contribution made by China to the peace and development in the region and the world.

He said Cambodia is willing to strengthen bilateral exchanges between legislative bodies.

Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng met with Say Chhum on Tuesday.