Indian Ambassador to Cambodia, Dr Devyani Uttam Khobragade yesterday called for greater cooperation between the parliaments of Cambodia and India.
Saying this in a statement after paying a courtesy call on National Assembly president Heng Samrin, she also took the opportunity to extend an invitation for Samrin to visit India after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Samrin, who accepted the invitation, said that the Cambodian National Assembly has cooperated with their Indian counterparts in different frameworks through the exchange of visits, as well as the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
During the meeting, Dr Devyani also discussed India’s development assistance and investments in Cambodia, including the restoration and conservation of the Preah Vihear temple project, promoting the use of clean water in rural areas and in the health sector on anti-malaria and dengue fever.
She also gave assurance to encourage more Indian businessmen to invest in Cambodia and to promote direct flights between the two countries.
The ambassador also informed that India will promote people-to-people digital communication and financial support to the construction of expressways in the Asean region.
Samrin, meanwhile, expressed his support for Dr Devyani’s diplomatic mission in Cambodia and hoped she will continue to contribute to the promotion of friendship, and cooperation.
He said he was happy with the bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries, which has made steady progress in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economy, trade, society, culture, health and human resource development.
Cambodia and India have enjoyed warm and cordial relations since the 1950s. After the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime, India was the first country to recognise the new government and reopened its embassy in 1981.