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Cambodia and South Korea reaffirm their strong ties

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Representatives of Cambodia and South Korea committed on Monday to strengthen political and trade ties.

Speaking during a meeting with Oh Nak-young, the newly-appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen called for enhanced diplomatic and commercial relations, and asked Korean businesses to increase their investments in the kingdom.

Mr Hun Sen said the relation between both nations continues to improve every year, and pointed out that the number of Cambodians working in South Korea is on the rise.

“We thank the Korean government for their contribution to the development of our nation. We encourage Korean investors and tourists to come to Cambodia.

“We would also like to suggest to the Korean government to consider building a Korea-Cambodia Friendship Bridge, to follow in the footsteps of China and Japan,” he said.

Mr Oh told the Cambodian premier that in his new capacity he will endeavour to strengthen political ties and attract investors.

“In 2018 the Korean government will work towards a closer relation between our countries, and, particularly, between their peoples,” he said, adding that his government is considering the Korea-Cambodia Friendship Bridge project.

According to the Council for the Development of Cambodia, as of March of 2017, Korean investment in Cambodia equaled $4.5 billion, which makes South Korea the fifth largest investor in the country. $300 million of that investment went into agriculture.

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