A ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 7 to mark the 35th anniversary of the victory in the southwest border defence war and the joint victory of Vietnam and Cambodia over the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime (January 7, 1979-2014).
The event, organised by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations’ and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA)’s chapters in HCM City, was attended by representatives from municipal departments and sectors, the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association, and the Cambodian Consulate General in the city.
Addressing the ceremony, VCFA President Truong Minh Nhut underlined the historical significance of the victory, saying that it was a milestone of pure and faithful solidarity and special friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia.
He said the victory saved Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge regime and helped the country enter into a new era of independence and freedom, adding that it also opened a new page in the history of relations between the two countries.
Nhut affirmed that the solidarity of the two countries’ people played an important role in helping both sides overcome obstacles to attain the great victory.
While expressing his gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, State, Army and people for all they did for Cambodia, Cambodian Consul General in HCM City Sim Sokhom stressed his country’s people are forever grateful for and will not forget the great support from Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, who laid down their lives for Cambodia’s national liberation 35 years ago.
Vietnam’s valuable assistance in all as pects contributed to his country’s present development, and the solidarity and friendship between the two nations is a solid foundation to promote all-around cooperation between them, he added.-VNA