Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (C) and Vietnamese experts who helped Cambodia fight against the Pol Pot genocide regime (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on February 6 received the former liaison team of Vietnamese experts, who helped Cambodia fight against the Pol Pot genocide regime.

Speaking at the meeting with 22 team members, Phuc said Vietnam’s assistance to the Cambodians at that time was a milestone in the country’s history and was highly appreciated by the Cambodian Party, Government and army.

“Vietnam’s assistance to Cambodia is impartial, pure, and responsible,” he affirmed.

Vietnam helped Cambodian people escape from the genocide regime and sent thousands of experts to help the neighbor revive their country, he stated.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Party and State, Phuc praised contributions of the former experts to Vietnam – Cambodia ties in the past and the current time, expecting them to further their good work in the future.

He said despite their old ages, the former experts have continued to get involved in various practical activities in the community.

The PM tasked the Government Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs with proposing ways to honour the former Vietnamese experts who served in Cambodia.

He informed his guests on robust growth of relations between the two countries, with regular exchanges of high-ranking officials taking place. The sides have worked closely in planting border markers and are planning to raise bilateral trade to 5 billion USD ahead of 2020, the leader said.

For their part, the experts expressed their expectation that the Party and Government will continue working with their Cambodian counterparts in reinforcing bilateral ties and educating the younger generation on mutual support shared between the two countries. -VNA