People take photo at the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – A Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument was inaugurated in Steung Treng city of the province of the same name on November 15 after one year of restoration.

It is the tenth of the 17 monuments across Cambodia that have been upgraded under a project funded by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence, aiming to mark the 50th anniversary of  bilateral diplomatic ties.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Secretary of State at the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religions Nhem Valy and Governor of Steung Treng province Mom Saroeun affirmed that the monument commemorates patriotic Cambodians and Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who laid down their lives for Cambodia’s liberation.

It is also considered as an everlasting symbol of the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two countries, they stated.

They reconfirmed that Cambodia can never revive and develop as it does today, without the support from Vietnam in overthrowing the Pol Pot genocidal regime with the historic victory on January 7, 1979.-VNA