President meets former volunteer soldiers in Cambodia

NDO/VNA –President Tran Dai Quang on June 17 met with former Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who helped Cambodia from 1979-1989.

At the meeting, the President said he was moved to meet the Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, who stood side by side with the Cambodian people in their struggle against the genocidal Pol Pot regime, helping the neighbouring country in its gradual revival and development.

He praised the achievements recorded by the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association over the recent years, as well as the initiative to admit the veterans to the association, which has contributed to enhancing the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

The Cambodian State and people, as well as the Vietnamese Party, State and people, have great appreciation for the great contributions and sacrifices of the volunteer soldiers, the leader stressed.

He urged the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association to spread information about the fine bilateral relations further, among Vietnamese and Cambodian people, especially on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ bilateral ties.

President Quang tasked authorities of different levels with supporting the association in organising the Vietnam – Cambodia Friendship Year 2017.

He assigned the presidential office to work with the relevant agencies in ensuring welfares for former Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, who helped Cambodia during its past struggle against the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. The office has also been requested to propose that the authorised agencies commend and reward units and individuals that are yet to be honoured.

He also urged organisations and businesses to help former volunteer soldiers in Cambodia to visit the country this year, on the occasion of 40 years since the end of the genocidal regime in Cambodia.



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