Scene at the award-presenting ceremony (Photo: VOV)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – A ceremony took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on March 22, to present awards to winners of a writing contest on 50-year relations between Vietnam and Cambodia, which was launched in 2017.

Jointly held by the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army and Cambodian Defence Ministry, the ceremony featured a musical show and the presentation of certificates of merit to winning contestants from the Cambodian royal army.

The Cambodian contestants earned five A prizes, 9 B prizes, 13 C prizes and 16 consolation prizes.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of State at the Cambodian Defence Ministry Neang Phat stressed the five decades of Vietnam – Cambodia ties reflect bilateral solidarity, friendship, and mutual support, which are continuously consolidated to contribute to the two nations’ security and economic development.

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, praised the engagement of the Cambodian royal army in the contest, with 270 contestants submitting many high-quality entries.

Vietnam and Cambodia established diplomatic relations on June 24, 1967. -VNA