The newly inaugurated Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Kratie (Photo: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) - A Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument was inaugurated in the Cambodian northeastern province of Kratie on February 23.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Standing Vice Chairman and General Secretary of the National Council of the Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodian Motherland Nhem Valy, Governor of Kratie Va Khon and Vietnamese Military Attaché in Cambodia Colonel Nguyen Thanh Chinh, among others.

Speaking at the event, Nhem Valy, who is also Secretary of State at the Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religions, expressed his deep gratitude toward the Vietnamese Party, State, army and people for sending eminent soldiers to help Cambodia escape the Pol Pot genocidal regime.

The wholehearted and prompt assistance of Vietnam helped to bring long-standing freedom and peace to Cambodia, he stressed.

The official affirmed that the construction of friendship monuments across Cambodia aims to commemorate the services of Cambodian and Vietnamese heroes who laid down their lives for Cambodia’s liberation.

Vietnam and Cambodia are continuing to promote the traditional fine relations for peace, stability, and people’s better living standards in their respective country and in the region, he added. 

Colonel Chinh thanked the Cambodian authorities for their collaboration in completing the friendship monument.

This is the 14th monument completed under a project to build and upgrade 17 Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monuments across Cambodia, with funds provided by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence.

The monument was inaugurated on the threshold of the State visit to Cambodia by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong, which will take place from February 25-26.-VNA