Cambodia, Vietnam Marks 50 Years of Diplomatic Ties

President of Cambodian National Assembly (NA) President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin attended in Hanoi, on June 24 the 50th founding anniversary of Cambodia-Vietnam diplomatic relations (June 24, 1967).

The celebration took place during Samdech Heng Samrin's four-day (June 23-26) official and friendly visit in Vietnam.

According to Vietnam News Agency (VNA), in her speech on the occasion, Vietnamese NA Chairwoman H.E. Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan underlined that Vietnam and Cambodia are neighbouring countries with long-standing relations. On the basis of the time-honoured relationship and the fight against colonialism, the establishment of their diplomatic ties created favourable conditions for the two peoples to continue standing side by side in the struggle for national liberation, and they together won a historic victory in the spring of 1975.

In response to the urgent call of the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation, the army and people of Vietnam once again continued to be on the side of the patriotic forces and people of Cambodia to liberate the country and save the Cambodian people from the Pol Pot genocidal regime, prevent the return of the genocidal regime and bring recovery to Cambodia, she noted.

On this special occasion, we express our sincere gratitude to the two peoples for their efforts and sacrifice in that lofty fight, particularly of heroic martyrs, war invalids, formers experts, former volunteer soldiers of Vietnam who did not spare their blood and bones and sacrificed themselves to consolidate the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two nations and peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia, she said.

At the celebration, Samdech Heng Samrin, also Chairman of the National Council of the Solidarity Front for Development of the Cambodian Motherland, described the organisation of the ceremony as a great historical event reflecting that the countries' traditional solidarity, friendship and sound cooperation throughout history have brought about common benefits for the two nations, especially in gaining peace, stability and prosperity.

On behalf of the Cambodian people, he expressed his deep sense of gratitude to the Party, State and people of Vietnam for their precious support and assistance to the Cambodian people in recovering and re-constructing his country. He highlighted the great sacrifice of Vietnam's volunteer soldiers who helped free the Cambodian people from the Pol Pot genocidal regime on Jan. 7, 1979.

In their speeches, Samdech Heng Samrin and H.E. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and noted with satisfaction that despite countless difficulties and challenges over the past five decades, the solidarity, traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Cambodia and Vietnam have continually been reinforced and developed, which is a priceless, sacred and sustainable asset of the two nations.

They noted the growing bilateral cooperation between the two parliaments and in politics, security-defence, economy-trade-investment, tourism, training, culture, health care, telecommunications, and cultural exchanges. They added during the implementation of the foreign policy of multilateralisation and diversification of international relations, the two countries have also coordinated closely at international and regional forums, thus helping to promote their respective prestige and stature in the region and the world.

They voiced their belief that the countries' time-tested amity and all-round cooperation will keep thriving for the sake of the two peoples.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press