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Foreign Affairs Ministry requests Sweden to continue demining aid

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Minister Prak Sokhonn and Swedish Ambassador Bjorn Haggmark meet at the ministry today. MFA.IC

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn has reiterated his request for Swedish government to consider continuing to provide aid for demining action in Cambodia, a senior official said.

Speaking to reporters today, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Koung said that Mr Sokhonn met with newly appointed Swedish Ambassador Bjorn Haggmark at the ministry, where both parties discussed further cooperation.

Mr Koung said that during the meeting, Mr Sokhonn noted that the Swedish government is building a development strategy for 2020 to 2024 with Cambodia.

Mr Koung noted that Mr Sokhonn echoed his request over aid for demining action, noting that the Swedish government has suspended donations after the country had provided financial assistance to Cambodia from 2006 to 2014.

“Ambassador Haggmark has noted the request for Swedish government to consider,” Mr Koung said.

Mr Koung quoted Mr Sokhonn as saying that the ministry is ready to continue cooperation with Mr Haggmark in order to further strengthen relationship between the two countries.

In response, Mr Koung noted Mr Haggmark is delighted to be serving as ambassador to Cambodia, highlighting the past cooperation and outlining a strategic plan for the next five years with Cambodian government from 2020 to 2024.

“The Ambassador also praised Cambodia for its important role in sending peacekeepers to other countries in peacekeeping missions as well as demining missions abroad. He views this as contributing to world peace,” Mr Koung said.

Mr Koung added that Mr Haggmark also emphasized the strategic development plan, which focuses on areas such as climate change, environmental issues, human rights, education and trade.

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