Cambodia’s Ministry of National Defence held a gathering of Vietnamese-trained Cambodian military personnel in Phnom Penh on September 20, as an activity celebrating the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year and the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

The event, chaired by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Tea Banh, brought together 500 officers, representing more than 12,000 Cambodian military personnel who used to study in Vietnam.

General Tea Banh stressed that over the past 45 years, the two countries’ solidarity and friendship have been nurtured by patriots of both sides, helping the two countries overcome all difficulties and build the great unity bloc.

Tea Banh expressed his thanks to Vietnam’s Party, Government, Army and people in general and the Ministry of National Defence in particular for their support for the Cambodian Defence Ministry.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Ngo Anh Dung spoke highly of the meaning of the ceremony, saying that the veterans, soldiers, military officers and experts are living witnesses to the solidarity between the two countries’ armed forces.

On behalf of Cambodian military personnel trained in Vietnam in the 1979-2012 period, General Nieng Eng said that they will work hard to reinforce and develop the solidarity, friendship and close cooperation between the two armies and peoples.

On the occasion, the Cambodian Ministry of National Defence opened a photo exhibition on the friendship and cooperation between the Royal Cambodian Army and the Vietnam People’s Army. It is on process to establish an association for Vietnamese-trained Cambodian military personnel, of which General Tea Banh will be the Honorary President.-VNA