Singapore to help fight international artefact smuggling

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Vivian Balakrishnan and Prak Sohonn. KT/Mai Vireak

Singapore has vowed to work with Cambodia to combat the transnational smuggling of artefacts.

The announcement came yesterday following a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sohonn and his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan.

Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said Mr Sokhonn had called on Singapore to enhance cooperation on the illegal trade.   

In response, Mr Balakrishnan pledged his country’s support.

“He said Singapore is ready to work closely with Cambodia to combat the illegal trade of artefacts,” Mr Sounry said.

The meeting saw Cambodia and Singapore agree to continue cooperation on trade and investment, education and human resources development, health, culture, tourism and transport.

Officials also used the meeting to ask Singapore to send more of its investors to Cambodia and to import more Cambodian agricultural products such as rice, pepper and mangoes.

Mr Sounry added that both sides also discussed aviation cooperation, which would allow Cambodian civil aviation officials to study in Singapore.

At the end of the meeting, Cambodia and Singapore signed an agreement on political consultations, aimed at further enhancing relations between the two countries.

Cambodia and Singapore established diplomatic relations in September 1965. Cambodia was one of the first countries to recognise Singapore’s sovereignty when it gained independence from Malaysia on August 9, 1965.

Singapore is one of Cambodia’s key trading partners with total annual trade worth more than $1.1 billion in 2015, which propelled Singapore to become Cambodia’s third largest investor.

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