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Cambodia asks Turkey for help clearing mines

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Senior Minister Prak Sokhonn met Ayda Ünlü, the newly appointed Ambassador of Turkey to the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the Ministry on April 19, 2018. Foreign Ministry

The government of Turkey, following a request by Cambodia, will send a working group to discuss aid for mine clearance projects.

According to the foreign ministry’s press release on Friday, April 20, this a discussion point between Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Turkish ambassador Ayda Unlu. They met on Thursday.

Mr Sokhonn asked Turkey to provide assistance in Cambodia’s endeavour to clear the country of land mines; Ms Ünlü responded favourably. Turkey plans to send a working group in May to confer with the relevant institutions about providing aids.

Turkey’s positive feedback was welcomed, as the mine issue is the primary obstacle to development within the Kingdom.

Other discussion points were enhancing cooperation and Mr Sokhonn’s visit to Turkey, which is in preparation for the Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit there in October of this year.

The Prime Minister confirmed last month that he plans to pay a state visit to Turkey in October after taking part in the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels.

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