At the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Khmer-Vietnamese Association (KVA) in Cambodia on August 29 held a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of National Day (September 2) and the association’s 30th founding anniversary (1988-2018).

Addressing the event, KVA President Chau Van Chi said Vietnamese in Cambodia have always turned their hearts towards their homeland while integrating into the host society.

He stressed the support of the Vietnamese State and people at home, as well as authorities and Khmer people in Cambodia for the development of the Vietnamese community in the country.

Chi said the association was recognised by Cambodia’s Interior Ministry on May 9, 2018, with its charter registered and preserved at the ministry.

Based in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh, the association gathers Khmer people of Vietnamese origin, and Vietnamese who work and live in Cambodia legally.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Saman, who is also Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection and President of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association, highlighted the historical significance of Vietnam’s National Day, considering it a victory of Indochinese countries during the struggle against colonialists to gain independence.

She also recalled the great support of the Vietnamese Party, State and people for Cambodia in the fight against the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, as well as during the present cause of national development.

The official expressed her belief that the two sides will continue to work together for peace, stability and prosperity in each nation.

Men Saman lauded the contributions by the KVA and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA) to enhancing the friendship between the two countries.

At the ceremony, VCFA President Vu Mao presented certificates of merit to the KVA and its seven officials in recognition of their contributions to the development of the Vietnamese community in Cambodia and bilateral ties.-VNA