Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Trần Quốc Vượng (right) meets Vietnamese experts who assisted Cambodia’s revolution from 1979 to 1989. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese experts who helped Cambodia’s revolution from 1979 to 1989 were honoured with the Gold Star Order, the highest distinction of Việt Nam, at a ceremony in Hà Nội on Friday.
On behalf of the honourees, former expert Vũ Oanh expressed their pride to receive the noble award, saying they would continue upholding traditions to join the Party, State and people in nurturing the friendship and co-operation between Việt Nam and Cambodia.
Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Trần Quốc Vượng emphasised efforts of those who fought more than 40 years ago.
He said the people showed great bravery against the Khmer Rouge’s heinous and barbarian crimes, describing how Vietnamese volunteer soldiers joined forces with Cambodian troops and people to overthrow the genocidal regime.
These acts went on to herald a new era for the country’s revival and development.
He said between 1978 and 1989, Việt Nam sent nearly 35,000 cadres to help Cambodia in all sectors. After fulfilling their duties, they returned home and continued working in different positions, contributing to national development and defence.
The former experts’ liaison board had actively taken part in people-to-people diplomatic activities to help enhance the solidarity and friendship between the two nations, Vượng said, expressing his hope they would continue serving as a bridge linking the two countries.
On behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, Vượng also thanked Cambodia for its precious support for Việt Nam’s national liberation, development and defence. He voiced his belief that the bilateral sound neighbourliness, traditional friendship and all-round co-operation would keep flourishing in the future. – VNS