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Communication MOU discussed

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UK Ambassador Tina Susan Redshaw and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn. DAP News

Cambodia and the United Kingdom will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on opening a communication channel to discuss issues of interest to both countries.

The commitment to sign the MoU was made yesterday during a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and newly-appointed British Ambassador to Cambodia Tina Susan Redshaw.

In a press conference after the meeting, newly-appointed ministry spokesman Ket Sophann said that both countries will sign the MoU on consultation between both foreign ministries at a date yet to be determined.

He added that the MoU is aimed at providing a channel to discuss any problem that crops up on issues of mutual interest to both countries.

Mr Sophann noted that Britain is also committed to continued bilateral cooperation and helping Cambodia on education and demining.

He said that Mr Sokhonn expressed his profound respect for Britain for its help on demining, and that he asked the British government to contribute to the Asean Regional Mine Action Centre which will help share its experience and knowledge on demining in the region.

Mr Sophann said the minister also asked Britain to continue its preferential treatment to Cambodia as a developing country.

Mr Sophann noted that Ms Redshaw said the embassy will issue a statement related to demining aid for next the three years and that the UK will continue to help with technical vocational training for Cambodian youths to improve their capacity and earn higher incomes.

He added that Ms Redshaw said the UK government is working to finalise the demining aid package as soon as possible.

Mark Field, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, will pay an official visit to Cambodia next week, when he will meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

During his visit, he will meet demining teams of the Halo Trust Cambodia which received funds from the UK and freed over 70 square kilometres of land from mines over the last three years.

Earlier this month, Elizabeth McGarva, a senior policy adviser with the UK Department for International Development, said that the UK will provide aid until 2020 for demining operations to clear unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, but she did not disclose the amount.

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