Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday welcomed three new ambassadors in the Kingdom, the United States Ambassador Patrick Murphy, Japan’s Masahiro Mikami and Germany’s Christian Berger.
Kao Kim Hourn, Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister, summarised the meetings in a press conference outside of the Peace Palace shortly after they concluded.
Mr Kim Hourn said Mr Hun Sen expressed Cambodia’s desire to strengthen US-Cambodia relations to Mr Murphy.
“Prime Minister Hun Sen stressed that both countries should expand and strengthen relations and cooperation because Cambodia and the US have had a long period of cooperation in almost all fields,” Mr Kim Hourn said. “He also said both Cambodia and the US agreed on many things, though some will require more time for us to work together on and address.”
He added that Mr Hun Sen noted that next year is the 70th anniversary of US-Cambodia relations.
Mr Kim Hourn said Mr Murphy said he was happy to meet Mr Hun Sen and to mark the 28th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements, which brought peace to the Kingdom after decades of war.
Mr Kim Hourn said Mr Murphy and Mr Hun Sen also discussed cooperation in the fields of health and education.
He said that during Mr Hun Sen’s meeting with Mr Mikami, the ambassadorpledged to expand relations and cooperation with Cambodia.
Mr Kim Hourn said Mr Mikami said Japan will continue to aid the Kingdom in the fields of demining and energy. He said Japan is also interested in providing electricity to Cambodia.
“The Japanese government will continue to aid Cambodia by pushing the export of goods into the international market,” Mr Kim Hourn said, quoting Mr Mikami.
He said Mr Hun Sen told Mr Mikami that Cambodia-Japan relations have grown and bilateral trade between the two countries has substantially increased.
Mr Kim Hourn said Mr Hun Sen also asked Japan to speed up the preparation of a master plan for the development of a deep sea port in Sihanoukville, which will reduce Cambodia’s dependency on ports in Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
“Prime Minister Hun Sen hoped Japan will help in the work of the deep sea port,” he said. “He also thanked Japan for aiding demining efforts as [mine clearance] is a priority job for the government.”
Meanwhile, Mr Berger, the new German Ambassador, also pledged to forge better ties with the Kingdom, Mr Kim Hourn said.
He said Mr Berger told Mr Hun Sen that Germany plans to open its first chamber of commerce office to expand trade with Cambodia.
“The German ambassador said Cambodia and Germany could cooperate in the fields of trade and investment,” Mr Kim Hourn said. “Mr Berger also said German companies are fascinated by the Kingdom’s economic growth and want to invest.”
Mr Kim Hourn said Mr Hun Sen expressed optimism that Mr Berger will further promote Cambodia-Germany relations.