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Nepali PM calls for closer ties

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Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli meets with Heng Samrin. KT/Siv Channa

National Assembly president Heng Samrin, Senate president Say Chhum and visiting Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli yesterday called for more cooperation between both countries and mutual support on the international stage.

Mr Sharma Oli yesterday morning paid a courtesy call on Mr Samrin who gave him a warm welcome at his office before they began talks.

Speaking to a group of journalists after the meeting, Mr Samrin’s cabinet chief Keo Piseth said that Mr Samrin expressed his commitment to promote relations, in particular trade cooperation, between the two countries.

“Samdech president [Mr Samrin] said that the Nepalese Prime Minister’s trip has a historic significance for the Cambodian government and people,” Mr Piseth said. “It reflects the expansion of strong friendship and cooperation between both countries.”

“Samdech said both countries’ legislative assemblies enjoy good cooperation and will support each other on the international stage,” he added.

In response, Mr Sharma Oli thanked Mr Samrin for his time and praised Cambodia’s economic growth which improves its citizens’ living standards.

“His excellency KP Sharma Oli noted the fast economic growth of Cambodia which allowed its people to have better livelihoods,” Mr Piseth said. “He added that Nepal will use Cambodia’s experience as a model to push for economic development.”

He noted that during last day of his official visit today, Mr Sharma Oli is expected to visit Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province before leaving the Kingdom.

“He decided to visit Angkor Wat to understand more about Cambodian culture and traditions,” Mr Piseth said.

Mr Piseth said Mr Sharma Oli also urged more Cambodians to visit Nepal next year when the country will hold a big religious ceremony in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal.

“His visit is to strengthen political, economic, trade and cultural cooperation,” he said. “Mr Sharma Oli said Nepal want to see the closer relations between the people of both countries through religion and traditional culture,” he added.

A Senate statement yesterday said that after meeting Mr Samrin, the Nepali Prime Minister also paid a courtesy call on Acting Head of State Say Chhum where he expressed his hope that both countries’ lawmakers would visit each other more often.

“Cambodia and Nepal have supported each other in the framework of international cooperation,” it noted. “This mutual support will help to maintain peace, security and development in the region and world.”

Mr Sharma Oli also invited Mr Chhum to visit Nepal at a convenient time, the statement noted.

After his meetings with Mr Samrin and Mr Chhum, the Nepalese premier visited the National Museum and Preah Keo Morakot temple, known as Silver pagoda, in the Royal Palace before joining Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Cambodia-Nepal Business Forum where he gave a keynote address.

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