Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday met with Cambodian students studying in Turkey, advising them that they should apply for embassy positions in the country once they graduate.
Mr Hun Sen, who was visiting Turkey on Saturday and Sunday before moving onto Switzerland, told about 60 students that they would make ideal candidates for embassy officials in Turkey because they could speak Turkish.
“Students who studied in Turkey could be recruited to be Cambodian embassy officials here because they can speak Turkish,” he said. “But they need to take an exam nonetheless.”
Turkey opened an embassy in Cambodia in 2013, and Cambodia plans to open an embassy in Turkey in next year.
“The Cambodian government will build and open a Cambodian embassy in Turkey next year,” said Mr Hun Sen.
The government has signed agreements with Turkey on investment, education, agriculture, tourism, sports, and cooperation in the fields of water and mine activity.
Mr Hun Sen added that Turkey and Cambodia are alike in that both recently prevented colour revolutions.
“I send a message to all students, please do not support any political parties here and respect Turkey’s laws,” Mr Hun Sen added.
He also took the opportunity while speaking in Turkey to slam former opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
Mr Hun Sen said that Mr Rainsy often calls him a hooligan and a foreigner’s puppet.
“If you say I am a hooligan or a foreigner’s puppet, you have to recognise that you are my puppet, too,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen also noted that former opposition commune chiefs and lawmakers were banned from politics for five years and cannot be reinstated.
“Do not have hope for a resurrection of commune chiefs, deputy commune chiefs or lawmakers,” Mr Hun Sen said.
The former opposition CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November after its leader Kem Sokha was jailed on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with the US to topple the government through a colour revolution. Its senior members were also banned from politics for five years.