|Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Phan Van Mai speaking at the event (Photo: nld.com.vn)
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Phan Van Mai reviewed the tradition of arduous struggle for independence, freedom and national reunification of the Vietnamese and Cambodian armies and people.
He said that the Vietnamese army and people together with the patriotic Cambodian army and people fought side by side to save Cambodia from the Pol Pot genocidal regime.
In that fierce battle, tens of thousands of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, including those from Ho Chi Minh City, had laid down their lives in Cambodia. Thousands of Vietnamese officials, experts and soldiers had traveled to each village to help restore local economy, heal war wounds, and contribute to revitalizing Cambodia, according to the Chairman.
The official emphasized that political ties between the two countries continue to be tightened through regular visits by their high-ranking leaders, adding that local authorities always attach great importance to and actively contribute to the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the Governments and people of the two nations.
For his part, Sok Dareth, Consul General of Cambodia in Ho Chi Minh City, affirmed that Cambodia and Vietnam have treasured a long historical relationship, noting the two nations use the same Mekong River and share a land border of more than thousand kilometers in length.
He stressed that Cambodia’s gains cannot be recorded without the sincere and loyal support and assistance of the Party, Government and people of Vietnam.
Sok Dareth expressed Cambodia’s gratitude to generations of Vietnamese leaders, former experts and volunteers for their assistance and support, and at the same time affirmed that both countries must work together to at all costs protect friendship, strengthen solidarity and develop the good relationship between the two countries.
As of 2021, Vietnam had 88 valid investment projects in Cambodia with a registered investment capital of 2.56 billion USD. Vietnam's investment in Cambodia reached 89.4 million USD last year./.