Prime Minister Hun Sen will travel to India to attend the India-Asean summit and carry out several official visits this week, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement released yesterday.
Mr Hun Sen will arrive in New Delhi and lead his delegation from January 25 to the 27th, meeting key Indian leaders to discuss bilateral ties and strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn met with newly appointed Indian Ambassador Manika Jain at the ministry yesterday.
The pair helped arrange Mr Hun Sen’s upcoming visit, reflecting on the progressive and developing relationship between the countries.
“The main purpose of the meeting was to prepare the official visit of the Prime Minister,” Chum Sounry, a ministry spokesman said.
He added that both officials also discussed the preparation of documents that will be signed during the premier’s visit.
“During the visit, Prime Minister Hun Sen will join a seminar, which will be attended by hundreds of investors from both India and Cambodia,” Mr Sounry said.
Mr Sounry said officials from both countries agreed to find ways to launch direct flights between New Delhi and Phnom Penh, to boost economic trade and tourism.
In 2016, Cambodia welcomed more than 46,000 Indian tourists.According to the Indian embassy in Cambodia, the two nations first established diplomatic relations in the 1950s, which were later suspended during the Khmer Rouge regime. Cooperation resumed in 1981 after the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979.
The value of India-Cambodia trade from 2014 to 2015 was approximately $160 million, a four percent increase from 2013 to 2014.