Germany pledges continued support

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Prime Minister Hun Sen and Markus Benjamin Koob, German Bundestag, at the Peace Palace. KT/Ven Rathavong

Germany promises to continue its cooperation and sustain its relationship with the Kingdom and remain helpful with Cambodia’s further development.

The commitment was made at the hour-long meeting between the Prime Minister and Markus Benjamin Koob, a member of the German Bundestag since 2013, at the Peace Palace on Thursday, Sept.20.

Mr Koob presented the premier a letter from Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, wherein she congratulated Hun Sen on his reappointment as PM and wished him every success.  “In the great task of strengthening democracy and participation through an open political dialogue in your country, you can count on Germany’s help.”

One of Hun Sen’s assistants, Eang Sophalleth, reported afterwards that Mr Koob “… expressed happiness and reconfirmed that Germany will continue to support Cambodia and is ready to help push for its development.”  Mr Markus commended Cambodia for reducing poverty and for the social policies for garment workers, especially for those who are pregnant.

The premier told of the labour conditions for garment workers, the bettering of which is a priority for his government, of the benefits garment workers receive from the companies, and of the yearly increase in minimum wage. He also spoke of his meetings with over 800000 workers to push for fulfilling social protections.

The PM, at a previous meeting with Kampong Speu garment workers, abnegated the idea that Germany would try to pressure Cambodia, because that would be a short meeting.  “After I’d finished my remarks I would say that the meeting is over and let [Mr. Koob] continue with his visit.  We are a sovereign state – if they respect us, we respect them.”


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