Cambodia, RoK Commit to Enhance Cooperation, Celebrating Diplomatic Anniversary

AKP Phnom Penh, October 13, 2017 —

The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Republic of Korea celebrated their 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic ties on Wednesday with their commitments to working together to further deepen the ties and friendship.

On the occasion, H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, appreciated H.E. Kim Weon-jin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Cambodia, and his colleagues for their close cooperation and endeavor to promote the bilateral ties and friendship.

“As we mark this commemorative year, I am strongly confident that, with our continued joint efforts, the good bilateral friendship and cooperation will be further advanced for the mutual interests of our two counties and peoples,” H.E. Prak Sokhonn told the reception attended by Cambodian senior officials and foreign diplomats at the InterContinental Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on its Facebook page that, “this year celebration… is very special as the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Korea jointly commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Re-establishment of Diplomatic Relations, which was originated from the visionary initiative of Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to the Government of the RoK and her people for the enormous support rendered to Cambodia’s socio-economic development, especially their continued support to the well-being of Cambodian workers,” he said.

The Cambodian top diplomat continued that, since 2007, more than 50,000 Cambodian have embraced the opportunity to work in Korea through the Employment Permit System. “Their remittances and skills acquired have contributed to our economy as well as human resource development,” he added.

ROK has been assisting Cambodia in many key areas, such as education, ICT, health, rural development, agriculture, infrastructure, water resources, civil aviation and security market, said H.E. Senior Minister.

He also said that, ROK is also one of Cambodia’s key trading partners, with bilateral trade volume recorded last year of more than US$600 million.

“We continue to witness a growing number of Korean tourists and volunteers to Cambodia as well as Cambodian workers in Korea,” he said.

Last year, Cambodia received 360,000 Korean tourists, 90 volunteers and experts, who are currently supporting various institutions.

H.E. Ambassador Kim Weon-jin said at the reception, “I am pleased to note that it has grown into a fully mature, and full-fledged partnership. Going beyond government-level cooperation, our relationship is now impacting on the daily lives of our peoples, and the maturing of our relations is reflected in various aspects of the lives of our peoples… Considering the solid foundation we laid together and warm friendship between our peoples, I firmly believe that our relationship has a bright future.”

Both countries have also made “significant progress on political and defense fronts” in the relatively short span of 20 years, he stressed.

“In development cooperation, Korea has been fully supporting the Cambodian government to achieve its national development goals,” said H.E. Ambassador. “Now, our relationship has been elevated to a level where we can consult with each other on political, military, and security issues.”

H.E. Kim Weon-jin also pointed out that, on the economic front, over 1,000 Korean companies established themselves in Cambodia and actively investing and exploring opportunities.

“I have witnessed remarkable changes. Here in Phnom Penh, if you stand on top of a high-rise building and look down at the city after the sunset, you will be able to see for yourself how much the city has changed over the years,” said H.E. Ambassador who spent three years working in the Kingdom of Wonder. “Just as the saying goes, our solidarity will be a bundle of strength, resilient and enduring as ever.”

“Travelling to many provinces and villages, I was deeply impressed by the strong aspiration and passion of the Cambodian people for national development. I have no doubt that Cambodia will be able to make ‘the miracle of the Mekong river’ come true,” underlined H.E. Kim Weon-jin.

By Ek Tha

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