Cambodian and Vietnamese military officers offer incense to fallen Vietnamese volunteer soldiers at the martyrs’ cemetery in Duc Co district, Gia Lai province, on January 4 (Photo: VNA)

Gia Lai (VNA) – A high-ranking delegation of the Military Region 1 High Command of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces paid a visit to the Vietnamese martyrs’ cemetery in Duc Co district, in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, on January 4.

The visit was made on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the victory of the southwest border defence war and the joint victory of Vietnam and Cambodia over the genocidal regime (January 7).

The delegation was led by General Houth Chheang, Deputy Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army and Commander of Military Region 1 under the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Leaders of the Cambodian localities of Rattanakiri, Strung Treng, and Mondulkiri also attended the event.

The visit was to honour Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who fought with Cambodian people to overthrow the Pol Pot genocidal regime and liberate the country. It also offered a chance for the two nations’ armed forces to share experiences, thereby deepening the friendship, cooperation, and development of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Gen. Houth Chheang affirmed that the Cambodian people always bear in mind the great support of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who helped safeguard the vitality of Cambodia. The soldiers’ sacrifices are a symbol of the two countries’ solidarity and friendship, he noted.

On the occasion, the visiting delegation presented gift sets to 20 policy beneficiaries in Duc Co district.

The martyrs’ cemetery in Duc Co district of Gia Lai province is the final resting place of the 1,565 Vietnamese martyrs and volunteer soldiers who participated in the southwest border defence war and international missions in Cambodia. –VNA