Inauguration ceremony held in Phnom Penh (Photo: VNA)

The inauguration ceremony was jointly organized by the National Council of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland, the Phnom Penh City Hall, and the Vietnamese Defence Attaché Office in Cambodia.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Secretary of State of Cambodia’s Ministry of Cults and Religion Nhem Valy highly appreciated efforts made by relevant sides in restoring and embellishing the monument in Phnom Penh in particular, and those in other provinces in Cambodia in general, contributing to strengthening the Vietnam-Cambodia relations.

He thanked the Party, State, Government, National Assembly and the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), and the soldiers and their families of Vietnam for helping Cambodia escape from the Pol Pot genocidal regime and affirmed this is the unforgettable historical truth of Cambodian people and believed the bilateral relations would be increasingly sustainable development, contributing to peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.

Colonel Nguyen Anh Dung, Head of the Vietnamese Defence Attaché Office in Cambodia, thanked the Royalty, State, Government, National Assembly and the People's Party and the Cambodian people for constantly supporting and helping Vietnam over the past time.

He also said the monument is a symbol of the Vietnam-Cambodia friendship and a reminder of Cambodia’s times of hardship in the past, adding that it will help educate both nations’ young generations on the bilateral ties.

Previously, at their working session in late 2013, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hunsen and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan agreed on a plan to restore and upgrade 17 monuments to Vietnamese volunteer soldiers across Cambodia.

The Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodia’s Motherland has coordinated with the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence to implement the work.

To date, eight out of 17 monuments have been restored. The remaining ones are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017./.

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