Ministry of Foreign Affairs today highlighted participation of Minister Prak Sokhonn at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the referendum of self-determination of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in Dili from Thursday to Friday.
Mr Sokhonn, as the representative of Prime Minister Hun Sen led a delegation to attend the celebration of East Timor along with other 38 high level delegations from Asean member states, Portuguese speaking countries, Australia and the United Nations. According to a release issued by ministry today.
“The participation of Cambodian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn in the said historic event, has significantly contributed to further strengthening and deepening the fraternal friendship, solidarity and good relations between the two countries and peoples.” the statement said.
The visit of Mr Sokhoon was made at the invitation of East Timorese Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak and during that occasion, Mr Sokhoon also attended the Plenary Session at the National Parliament of the of East Timor.
“It is worth recalling that on 30 August 1999, the People of Timor-Leste overwhelmingly voted for their right to self-determination and its independence under the United Nations sponsored Referendum. As a result, Timor-Leste became a sovereign state on 20 May 2002.” It added.
Cambodia and East Timor established diplomatic relations on 29 July 2002 and since then the two countries have enjoyed ties of friendship and growing bilateral cooperation from year to year. Cambodia has voiced the support since 2011 for Timor to become the 11th member of ASEAN.