Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang has expressed hope that the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA) will build on its achievements and further foster the friendly cooperation between the two nations.

Speaking at the VCFA’s fourth National Congress and its 40th founding anniversary in Hanoi on January 22, the Minister praised the VCFA for closely working with the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association (CVFA) over the past time.

He asked VCFA and its chapters across the country to offer more support to Cambodian students pursuing studies in Vietnam.

Over the course of its 40-year development, the VCFA has actively promoted friendship exchanges between Vietnam and Cambodia, with diverse activities popularising their countries and people to raise mutual understanding.

It also assigned medical staff to Phnom Penh and Cambodian district of Russey Keo to offer health check-ups, medicine, and gifts to the locals.

Cambodian excellent students were granted with donations while Vietnamese volunteer veterans once fought in Cambodia’s battles received bank deposit books by businesses and philanthropists nationwide.

Deputy Secretary General of the Office of the Royal Government of Cambodia Vann Phal, who is also Vice President of the CVFA, spoke of his wishes to cement the bilateral friendship and collaboration in the coming time.

On the occasion, Minister Quang presented the Labour Order, third class, and the Prime Minister’s certificate of merit to the VCFA.

Cambodian Ambassador to Vietnam Hul Phany granted the Friendship Order, first class, to four outstanding members of the association.

At the end of the event, Vu Mao was re-elected as CVFA President for the 2015-2020 tenure who will lead a 138-member executive committee.

The same day, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang hosted a reception for Vann Phal in the capital.-VNA