Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday met with the Ambassadors of Cuba and Saudi Arabia in two separate meetings at the Ministry, which focussed on further cooperation between the countries.
Ministry spokesman Phat Sophanith told reporters after the meetings that Cuban Ambassador Liurka Rodriguez Barrios has pledged to further boost the cooperation with the Kingdom in all domains, especially health, education, economics and trade.
“She said Cuba and Cambodia share similar histories since both countries struggled with social and economic development and both managed to ensure security and safety,” Mr Sophanith quoted Ms Barrios as saying.
“She said she will do her best in finding ways to boost bilateral cooperation of both countries, including public security which is under the authorisation and reasonability of the Interior Ministry,” Mr Sophanith added.
Mr Sophanith noted that Mr Kheng praised leaders of Cuba for their continuous efforts in ensuring public order and national security for their people, adding the government will strive to build more cooperation and maintain good relations with Cuba.
“Mr Kheng said the ministry had two main roles in executing all work related to the sub-national administration and the public security sector. He is happy that in the future, both countries will have cooperation within this field,” Mr Sophanith said.
Cambodia and Cuba will commemorate six decades of diplomatic relations this year by organising various activities, ranging from cultural exchange to photo exhibitions, according to a press statement.
In a separate meeting with Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Cambodia, Saud F.M. Al Suwelim, Mr Sophanith noted Mr Kheng said although both countries have few cooperative fields, he is optimistic the cooperation will be broadened to serve their future benefits.
“Mr Kheng appreciated the Saudi Arabian government for providing training and scholarships to Cambodian officials and students,” Mr Sophanith. “The government fully respects the people from all religions and encourages them to take part in the country’s development.”
Mr Kheng also told Mr Suwelim that the government is now taking serious actions to prevent and crack down on crimes related to drugs and human trafficking. Mr Suwelim acknowledged the government’s efforts and said he believes the country has upheld a real democracy which people have always had a desire for.
“Mr Suwelim said he noted peace in Cambodia and that his government is strongly opposed to illegal movement, including terrorism. Mr Suwelim said he is ready to talk with Cambodian side to come up with bilateral cooperation such as security,” Mr Sophanith said.
He said Mr Suwelim also recommended the two countries’ Interior Ministries to consider signing a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation and for the exchange of visits of senior officials of both ministries,” Mr Sophanith added.