More than 60,000 Russians visit Cambodia every year in a sign of growing ties between both countries which have enjoyed cordial relations for decades, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said yesterday.
Speaking at a celebration marking the Russian Federation’s National Day in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, Mr Naron said that both countries enjoy cooperation in sectors such as security, education, the environment, culture, communications, health, science and technology, sports, tourism, women and youth affairs, tackling cybercrime, trade, and economic and technical exchanges.
He also expressed Cambodia’s appreciation for Russia’s assistance in human resource development, including providing scholarships for students of which he was a beneficiary when Russia was part of the old Soviet Union.
“Some students who returned from Russia are now assuming important positions in the public and private sectors,” Mr Naron said. “I am one of the Cambodian students from the former Soviet Union and I am satisfied to note the close cooperation between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Cambodia and Ministry of Russian Education which work together closely to promote the quality of education.”
He said Cambodia and Russia have enjoyed the excellent bonds of friendship since the reestablishment of diplomatic relation in 1979.
Mr Naron said that during a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen and Russian President Vladmir Putin during the 3rd Asean-Russian Summit in Singapore last year and with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit in Belgium in January, both countries laid down concrete plans to bolster and deepen cooperation.
He noted that both sides have also effectively implemented 44 agreements on multifaceted cooperation signed since 2015.
Russian Ambassador Dmitry Tsvetkov said that the adoption of the Declaration of National Sovereignty in June 1990 was a turning point in Russian history. He said that it brought fundamental political and economic transformation for the country.
Mr Tsvetkov noted that Russian-Cambodian relations have stood up well to the test of time and noted that the relationship between both countries occurred since the time of the late King Norodom Sihanouk.
Mr Tsvetkov said that both countries’ strong bilateral ties are being developed in an atmosphere of absolute trust, reflecting continuous political dialogue at the highest level.
“This year witnessed bilateral meetings of Mr Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation and Mr Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on the sidelines of international events,” he said.
Mr Tsvetkov said Cambodia and Russia are cooperating in all sectors, especially in the humanitarian field.
He noted that Russia continues to expand its scholarship programme for Cambodian students and favours people-to-people contacts which revive an old tradition of friendship building.
“In this context, one of the latest prominent accomplishments in the educational sphere is the establishment of direct communication between Moscow State Institute of International Relations and National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations of Cambodia, resulting in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on education,” Mr Tsvetkov said.
“I am confident that our countries will continue to further strengthen the development of multifaceted cooperation, built on pillars of long-standing ties of friendship, solidarity and mutual understanding between brotherly peoples of Russia and Cambodia,” he added.