Cambodia and Nepal signed four agreements over the weekend to expand economic, diplomatic and political relations between the two nations, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Mr Hun Sen led a delegation to attend the Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 in Nepal last week and returned to Cambodia on Saturday.
The Cambodian delegation consisted of Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn, other government officials and members of the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce.
“Prime Minister Hun Sen and Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli presided over a signing ceremony on the agreement of diplomatic visa exemptions, official passports, commercial flights and political, economic and cultural cooperation,” a post on Mr Hun Sen’s Facebook page noted on Saturday.
It added that Mr Hun Sen also met with Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Friday to agree to facilitate direct flights between the two countries.
Mr Hun Sen was quoted as saying the agreement will expand commerce, investments and tourism due to the close distance between the two countries.
“This agreement on direct flight will push and promote relations between governments and peoples of both countries,” Mr Hun Sen said. “It makes it easier for Cambodians to visit the birth place of Buddha.”
Following the signing ceremony, Mr Sharma Oli thanked Mr Hun Sen and his officials for visiting Nepal and attending the summit.
“The visit of Prime Minister Hun Sen is historically important. Nepal and Cambodia have close and friendly relations,” he said, noting that diplomatic relationship began in 1975.
Mr Sharma Oli also credited Cambodia’s political stability on the leadership of Mr Hun Sen before congratulating the Cambodian People’s Party on winning the national election in July, the post said.
He added that Cambodia is thankful toward the Nepalese government to allow the construction of a Cambodian pagoda in Nepal.
During his speech at the Asia-Pacific Summit, Mr Hun Sen said he presented ideas on how to create friendship between nations and how to guarantee long-term peace and development.
The ideas include strengthening political facilitation and information distribution, while countering extremism and avoiding discrimination.
Mr Hun Sen on Thursday said that Cambodia will consider opening its embassy in Kathmandu. However, a timeline has not yet been revealed regarding the embassy.