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Cambodia-Turkey vow to boost ties

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Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn. Photo: Facebook

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, who was in Turkey from Monday to Wednesday, has reached an agreement with his Turkish counterpart to promote cooperation between the two governments.

Mr Sokhonn was in Turkey to bolster relations with Ankara while preparing for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s official visit, expected later this month after Mr Hun Sen after the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels.

During his visit, Mr Sokhonn met with senior Turkish leaders including Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Vice President Fuat Oktay.

“Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to bolstering political, economic and people exchanges with a view to take bilateral relations to new heights,” a Cambodian Foreign Ministry statement said. “We agreed to work together to counter common threats to sovereignty, independence and democracy.”

Mr Çavuşoğlu said Turkey is ready to host Mr Hun Sen’s official state visit to Ankara later this year.

Turkey has agreed to host the 2nd Joint Economic Commission to boost trade and economic partnership in order to reach a trade goal of $500 million in upcoming years.

“Both ministers agreed to work together to expand cooperation in the spheres of investment, trade, direct flight, technology, tourism, agriculture, education, sports, culture, water resources,” the statement said, adding that Mr Çavuşoğlu also pledged Turkish support in Cambodia’s demining efforts.

Last week, the Foreign Ministry announced that it will open an embassy in Ankara next year.

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