Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Cambodian National Assembly Heng Samrin delivered a speech at the ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties held in Hanoi on June 24.

Following is the full text of the speech translated by VNA.

Madame Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 

Madame Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection of Cambodia, Chairwoman of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association, 

- Leaders, former leaders, Ambassadors, distinguished guests, veteran experts and volunteer soldiers present here,

1. Today is a great day and it is an honor and pride for the high-ranking delegation of the Cambodian National Assembly to attend the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Cambodia (June 24, 1967-2017) and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year in Hanoi, the beautiful, historic capital city of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

2.  On behalf of the Cambodian National Assembly delegation, I would like to thank leaders of Vietnam, the National Assembly, and people for giving us a warm welcome since we arrived in Hanoi. It's truly that each time I was here, I have always witnessed rapid aesthetic appearance changes and unceasing development of this city. 

3. I highly valued and would like to commend on the sound organisation for the ceremony to take place in a solemn manner which is full of solidarity, brotherhood and closeness.

4. The organisation of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties today is a great historical event, constituting that the well-established traditional solidarity and friendship and sound cooperation between our countries haven brought mutual benefits for our nations, especially in winning back peace, stability and prosperity.

5. This big political event offered a good chance for the two countries to communicate, educate and promote deeper understanding of the importance and value of the traditional solidarity and friendship and all-faceted cooperation between our countries for young people, including those born today and those to be born tomorrow, so they would work together to preserve and further foster this relationship for it to thrive in a more stable fashion.

6. In addition to this, this anniversary was aimed to herald immense achievements attained together by the two countries' Parties, Governments, National Assemblies and people over recent time, especially the efforts reached the upcoming completion of the Vietnam-Cambodia border of peace, amity, cooperation, and development.

7. As said by Madame Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly regarding how the countries' good cooperation and ties were born and have developed as well as robust growth achieved by Vietnamese under the sound and mindful leadership of Vietnamese leaders through various periods, the Cambodian NA would like to congratulate and highly value the immense gains and successes that Vietnam's Party, State, Government, and people have unceasingly achieved during their recent socio-economic development cause, and believe that the realisation of the 2016-2020 five-year socio-economic development plan of the Communist Party of Vietnam will make Vietnam grow faster and achieve its goal as an industrialized and modernised country by 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen,

8. The diplomatic ties of our countries founded by Cambodia's Head of State Norodom Sihanouk and President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh have gone through half a century. The two countries possessed a history of together fighting, sharing and surmounting difficulties, hardships and challenges in the struggle against colonialism and imperialism for our each country's noble cause, freedom, peace and independence. At present, both our countries have ushered in a new page of history and have gained peace, territorial integrity, and development. They have advanced firmly toward with confidence in building a strong national economy to bring growths for our nations and to contribute importantly to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

9. I as well as other partners and Vietnamese veterans present here must still remember clearly the atrocity suffered by Cambodia during the mid-1970s and the bravery of the Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, who fought shoulder to shoulder with the soldiers of the Cambodian National Salvation Front in breaking up the Pol Pot genocidal regime - who killed more than three million innocent Khmer people, ruined their country to ashes, and completely destroyed the national economy, which has never ever happened in Cambodia's history. After being liberated on January 7, 1979, grave support and assistance from fraternal Vietnamese people and other friend countries have allowed Cambodia to restore, build and develop the country of Cambodian as it is today. This fact and bravery have ingrained in the heart of Cambodian people and cannot be forgotten.