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Vietnamese PM Thanks Cambodia for Helping Vietnam Gain Independence

TBONG KHMUM: The Vietnamese Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, has thanked Cambodia for helping Vietnam gain its independence in 1975 and its continuous development to date.

Speaking at the 45th Commemoration Day of the Historic Journey Leading to the Overthrow of the Pol Pot Genocidal Regime, on Monday morning, 20 June at the historical site of Koh Thmor X-16 in Memot District, Tbong Khmum Province, the Vietnamese Prime Minister spoke about the long history of Cambodia-Vietnam relations. He said that this relationship between Cambodia and Vietnam is one which provides benefits and help to one another. He gave mention to Vietnam's contribution to Cambodia in the fight against foreign colonial rule, as well as Cambodia's support for Vietnam's independence in 1975.

He also recalled the use of force and Cambodian territory in the overthrow of South Vietnam.

"The patriots of the Cambodian revolution have sacrificed flesh and blood to help the Vietnamese people who have a tradition of sincerity and love," said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. "The Vietnamese people always want to remember this and will give the Cambodian people our best regards, sincerity, and love."

He further thanked the Cambodian government and people for helping Vietnam gain independence, as well as for the country’s continuous development to this day.

Vietnam gained independence from France on 2 September 1945. However, due to the effects of the Cold War in the 1950s, the country became divided into the communist regime of North Vietnam, allied with the Soviet Union, and South Vietnam, allied with the United States. With the help of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, North Vietnam was given permission to utilize Cambodian territory in the fight for national unification, which allowed the North Vietnamese army to conquer and occupy South Vietnam and reunify the nation on 30 April 1975.

At the end of 1978, Vietnam sent its volunteer troops to join the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation to overthrow the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, enabling Cambodia to guarantee the right to life, which was the starting point for national development until today. 

PHOTO: ហ៊ុន យុទ្ធគុណ

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