Vietnam, Cambodia hold joint rescue drill

Hundreds of soldiers from the Royal Cambodian Army and the Vietnam People’s Army on December 18 took part in a rescue drill in Chantrea district in the Cambodian province of Svay Rieng that borders Vietnam’s southern Long An province.

The drill is to implement a protocol on search and rescue cooperation in mainland border area signed between the two defence ministries on July 20, 2017. It is also a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activity within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM).

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich said the exercise will help foster the traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and mutual assistance between the two countries’ armies and people, contributing to building a border area of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation and development.

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