Hun Sen Flies to Timor-Leste
Prime Minister Hun Sen left Phnom Penh on Friday for his first official visit to Timor-Leste, a country he supports in its bid to join Asean.
Mr. Hun Sen’s trip is aimed at enhancing cooperation between Timor-Leste, otherwise known as East Timor, and Cambodia and while there the prime minister will sign three deals related to economic cooperation, visa exemptions and labor issues.
Minister Attached to the Prime Minister Sry Thamrong said that on his first official visit to the country Mr. Hun Sen aims to strengthen the relationship between Cambodia and Timor-Leste, which Cambodia supports in its bid to become a member of Asean.
He added that Timor-Leste asked Cambodia to help in sectors such as trade, agriculture and tourism as well as helping the country join the World Trade Organization.
“They want to learn from us on agriculture and tourism because we have had success in the tourism sector,” Mr. Thamrong said. “We could buy some coffee from Timor-Leste and according to a request from Timor-Leste, we plan to provide technical help for the country’s rice growing sector.”
He added that Cambodia also asked Timor-Leste to buy Cambodian rice.
According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Hun Sen will have bilateral talks with Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo and then both men will preside over an agreement signing ceremony.
Both leaders will sign two agreements and one memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a framework agreement on technical and economic cooperation, visa exemptions for the holders of diplomatic and service passports and an MoU on cooperation in the field of labor.
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