Two Indian naval ships yesterday made a port call at Preah Sihanouk province’s Sihanoukville harbour on a four-day goodwill visit meant to boost bilateral ties between Cambodia and India.
Rear Admiral Mey Dina, spokesman for the Naval Ream Base in Preah Sihanouk province, yesterday said that the Indian ships were docked at Preah Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on Monday at 10am, saying that the visit will strengthen relations between the navies of both countries.
The ships, INS Sahyadri commanded by Captain Ashwin Arvind and INS Kiltan commanded by Commander Ginto George Chacko, made a port of call at Sihanoukville from yesterday until Sunday.
“We will have a joint maritime exercise on the last day with the Indian Navy on sea rescues,” Rear Adm Dina said.
According to an Indian Embassy press release issued yesterday, the visit forms part of the Indian Navy’s ongoing goodwill visit to the Southeast Asian region.
“The current ship visit seeks to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies,” the press release said. “This will further bolster the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries and contribute to security and stability in the region and the world at large.”
It noted that besides professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, Indian Navy personnel with also conduct official calls with dignitaries of the Cambodian government, as well as participate in guided tours and sport events between both navies.
It added during its port of call, local residents will also be able to visit the ships.
The press release further noted that bilateral relations between India and Cambodia have been traditionally strong with cultural, religious and economic ties.
It said that the relations has continued to strengthen in recent years due to increasing engagement in all sectors, noting that the substantive relationship is currently at an all-time high.
Last year witnessed a number of high profile bilateral visits, commencing from the state visit of Prime Minister Hun Sen to India in January. Mr Hun Sen was also a guest of honour at the Republic Day Parade 2018 and took part in the Asean-India Commemoration Summit.