Vietnam, Cambodia look to strengthen defence ties hinh anh 1Vietnamese and Cambodian officers at the reception (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Government, people and army of Vietnam always attach importance to developing solidarity and friendship with their Cambodian counterparts, a senior Vietnamese officer has said.

Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Phuong Nam, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), made the affirmation during a reception for Gen. Sem Sovanny, Director General of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces of Cambodia, in Hanoi on September 30.

Nam highlighted the fruitful development of the Vietnam–Cambodia friendship and cooperation across fields, saying that the defence-security collaboration is one of the important pillars in the bilateral relations.

Vietnam will make every effort to maintain, reinforce and strengthen the solidarity between the two nations, he said.

Leaders of the VPA’s General Staff always support and create favourable conditions for the UN peacekeeping agencies of Vietnam and Cambodia to expand cooperation in the coming time, thereby serving the cause of security-defence in each country, Nam added.

Sovanny said the motto of “good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long-term sustainability” will help the two countries effectively implement their cooperation plans, thus lifting the bilateral relations to a new height.

He stressed that this is the first time the peacekeeping force management agencies of the two countries have exchanged delegation to share experience in the UN peacekeeping operations, expressing his hope that Cambodia can learn from Vietnam’s experience to well deploy its peacekeeping mission in the coming time./.