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Atomic energy pact with Russia

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Mr. Morgulov discussed help renovating the Khmer-Russian Friendship Hospital. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Cambodia and Russia will sign an agreement on the peaceful use of atomic energy later this year in Moscow, according to officials.
Foreign Ministry secretary of state Ouch Borith and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov yesterday took part in a three-hour closed-door meeting in Phnom Penh.
The pair discussed ways to strengthen ties and cooperate on issues including drug trafficking, military technology, atomic power development and education, among other areas.
After the meeting, officials told the media that Cambodia and Russia will reach seven different agreements this year, including one on how to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
“Cambodia and Russia will be ready to sign the agreements during the 10th session of the Cambodia-Russia intergovernmental commission, which will take place in Moscow in July or August,” Mr. Borith said.
He added that  the session will be co-chaired by Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Russian Telecom and Mass Communication Minister Nikolay Nikiforov.
Mr. Borith said Cambodia has also asked Russia to provide assistance with renovating the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital and providing technical training to staff, since the health facility is a symbol of the long friendship between the nations.
“His Excellency Igor Morgulov was happy when I asked for help with renovating the  hospital,” Mr. Borith said.
Cambodia and Russia first established diplomatic relations in 1956, which were later suspended during the Khmer Rouge regime.
They resumed until the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, when Russian aid to Cambodia all but dropped off, but have since been rekindled.

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