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Japan promises to support 2018 polls

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Prak Sokhonn (right) meets with Iwao Horii. Khmer Times

Japan has pledged to continue providing aid to Cambodia, including support to prepare for the general election next year.

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met with Iwao Horii, the Japanese vice-minister of foreign affairs.

Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said the pair discussed the political situation in the country.

“The Japanese vice-minister said Japan respects Cambodia’s decision-making rights,” he said.

“Japan’s support for Cambodia will not change in the near future. Japan will continue to provide aid to prepare for the 2018 election in Cambodia.”

Mr Sounry added that Mr Horii expressed his desire for next year’s polls to be free and fair.

The two sides also discussed issues related to the South China Sea and Korean peninsula.

Mr Sokhonn said Cambodia supports Japan’s efforts to find a peaceful solution to conflict on the Korean peninsula.

He added Cambodia was also keen for tensions to be resolved.

Mr Sounry said Mr Horii vowed his country will continue to cooperate with Cambodia across all sectors, including improvement of logistics, industrial human resource development and reinforcement of urban functions, with a view to assisting Cambodia in becoming a middle-to-high-income country by 2030.

“The Japanese vice-minister also said Japan will open a consulate general in Siem Reap in January,” Mr Sounry said. “Mr Sokhonn thanked Japan for providing aid and humanitarian assistance to Cambodia.”

The Japanese vice-minister added that relations between Cambodia and Japan are strong, while Japan is hoping to support the development of faster trains in Cambodia, to reduce traffic problems.

Mr Sokhonn said Japanese investment to the country this year increased to more than $800 million.

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