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Defence Minister in Turkey for security talks

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Defence Minister General Tea Banh leaves for Turkey. Facebook

Defence Minister General Tea Banh is reportedly in Turkey for an official visit and to build military ties until Friday. This was the statement issued yesterday by the embassy.

Gen Banh’s official Facebook page said he left the Kingdom on Sunday following an invitation by his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar.

“Bilateral relations between the [Turkish and Cambodian armies] have been good,” Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said, adding Prime Minister Hun Sen, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Interior Minister Sar Kheng have made visits to Turkey in the past.

“These are positive signs of developing relationships between the two countries,” he said. “We have seen Cambodia and Turkey sharing common ideas on regional issues, especially counter-terrorism.”

“During the visit, the Defence Minister will bring fruitful results back to Cambodia such as…military training for the Cambodian army,” Mr Phea added, noting both countries are close with Russia.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng paid an official visit to Turkey in August and met his Turkish counterpart Suleyman Soylu in Ankara for talks, which resulted in the signing of a security cooperation agreement with Phnom Penh. Their meeting focused largely on new threats to peace, stability, public order and national security.

The agreement will play a fundamental role in creating a framework for expanding Cambodian-Turkish security cooperation, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the signing of the security cooperation agreement reflects the Kingdom’s ability in having strategic partners outside of the Asia-Pacific region.

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