Hosts and guests pose for a photo at the event (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Cambodian Embassy held a banquet in Hanoi on December 11 to celebrate the 64th National Day of Cambodia (November 9) and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic relations (June 24).

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh congratulated Cambodians on achievements that they have made in the past 64 years, and wished Cambodia more success in the future.

The Deputy PM underlined that Vietnam and Cambodia, two neighbouring countries on the bank of Mekong River, have shared close relations and long-lasting friendship and solidarity, which have been nurtured by many generations of leaders and people of both nations.

Reviewing the growth of bilateral ties through the history, he stated that mutual support and solidarity was vividly demonstrated during the joint fight against the Pol Pot genocidal regime to save and revive Cambodia. The two countries have also helped each other in national construction and development, he added, stressing that the Vietnam-Cambodia relationship is a shared treasures of both sides.

He also lauded efforts of both countries to organise various events to mark the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2017, which have helped educate Vietnamese and Cambodian people, especially youngsters, on the bilateral ties.

Meanwhile, Cambodian Ambassador to Vietnam Prak Nguon Hong stressed that Vietnam and Cambodia have struggled shoulder-to-shoulder through many hard periods in history.

Over the past years, their relationship has been growing sustainably, he said, noting that in the seven first months of 2017, two-way trade reached 2.2 billion USD, and is expected to hit 5 billion USD in 2020. Vietnamese investment in Cambodia has also reached 81 million USD.

The diplomat affirmed that Cambodian people always keep in their mind with gratitude the support that Vietnamese leaders and people have given to Cambodia both past and present, especially in liberating Cambodia from the genocidal regime in 1979.-VNA