Vietnam – Cambodia friendship association convenes hinh anh 1Logo of the Vietnam – Cambodia Friendship Association (Photo: VNA) 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam – Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA) convened a meeting in Hanoi on December 26 to review the association’s performance in 2019 and plans for 2020.

Speaking at the event, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Phan Anh Son said as Vietnam will hold ASEAN Chairmanship next year, external work, especially people-to-people diplomacy, will contribute to promoting ties between Vietnam and neighboring countries, and between Vietnam and Cambodia in particular.

He asked the VCFA to enhance information sharing with Cambodian mass organisations, hold seminars with Cambodian scholars, businesspeople and statesmen to raise their awareness of traditional ties between the two nations, as well as the Vietnamese Party, State and people’s contributions to Cambodia’s independence in the past.

This year, the VCFA together with the VUFO and the Liaison Board of former Vietnamese experts assisting Cambodian revolution held a trip to Cambodia from March 19-25 for 80 former voluntary soldiers, experts and families of Vietnamese martyrs who laid down their lives on Cambodian battlefields.

The VCFA also held a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the southwest border defence war victory, and the fifth gathering of sponsor families for Cambodian students in Vietnam.

Its Khmer language centre improved teaching quality and raised the awareness of learners about bilateral friendship and solidarity via events and visits by the two countries’ leaders.

Next year, the VCFA will hold celebrations for the 41st anniversary of the southwest border defence war victory and the joint victory of Vietnam and Cambodia over the genocidal regime, its 45th founding anniversary and the fifth National Congress.

At the event, VUFO Vice President Son presented the PM’s certificates of merit to individuals and organisations in recognition of their active contributions to the Vietnam – Laos, Laos – Vietnam Solidarity and Friendship Year./.