Lieutenant General Hun Manet, Royal Cambodia Armed Forces deputy commander-in-chief, on Tuesday met with Singapore’s national security and foreign ministers to strengthen military ties and mutual cooperation between both countries.
Lt Gen Manet is on a visit to Singapore until today, to forge closer ties between the Cambodian and Singaporean armed forces.
In a statement obtained yesterday, Lt Gen Manet said he had held discussions with senior minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan on strengthening ties.
Mr Balakrishnan later posted on his Facebook page that he was glad to meet Lt Gen Manet and had congratulated him on his appointment as the Commander of the Army of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
“We had a good discussion on emerging security challenges in the region, and agreed that it was important to cooperate both bilaterally and within Asean to tackle these issues,” he said. “Singapore and Cambodia are old friends and our wide-ranging cooperation has benefited both sides.”
In his statement, Lt Gen Manet said he supported Mr Balakrishnan’s comments on the importance of relations between the two countries to help maintain regional peace and stability.
“The Asean community plays an integral role in the development, prosperity and stability of the region,” he noted.
During their meeting, Mr Teo said that Singapore and Cambodia have a long-standing relationship and cooperate in several sectors such as education, trade, tourism and also security.
“The visit of the army commander will further deepen friendly ties between our two countries,” he said a statement.
Lt Gen Manet thanked Singapore officials for inviting him for the visit to discuss regional security and stability.
“Indeed, Cambodia and Singapore have enjoyed good relations for more than 50 years, and this relation will continue in the future,” he added.