National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday assured Japanese Ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi that the Kingdom is committed to upholding democracy.
Mr Hidehisa is ending his three-year mission in the country and met with Mr Samrin at the National Assembly.
Keo Piseth, chief of Mr Samrin’s cabinet, said Mr Samrin thanked the ambassador for Japan’s support in aiding the government with electoral reforms and promoting human rights.
Mr Piseth said Mr Samrin noted that 20 political parties participated in last year’s national election.
“Mr Samrin expressed that over the last three years, Mr Hidehisa must have witnessed improvements in the lives of Cambodians, who live in a long-running democratic society,” Mr Piseth said. “Cambodia has firmly committed to the principles of democracy and pluralism.”
Mr Piseth said Mr Samrin asked the ambassador for continued help with developing the Kingdom’s human resources.
“Mr Samrin hopes Mr Hidehisa will continue the good relationship and continue to push Japanese investors and tourists to visit the Kingdom,” he said, noting that since 1992, Japan has provided nearly $3 billion in aid.
He added that last year, Cambodia and Japan marked the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations and established a Japanese consular office in Siem Reap province to facilitate trade and investment relations.
According to a recent report from the Japan External Trade Organisation, bilateral trade between the countries amounted to $1.48 billion in the first half this year, up 16.8 percent compared to the same period last year.
The report said Cambodia’s total exports to Japan during the period was valued at $792 million, a 12 percent increase compared to last year. Cambodia’s total imports from Japan increased by 34 percent to $256 million.