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Czechs tout defence tech

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Mr Kuchta with General Samphan. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Defence Ministry secretary of state General Moeung Samphan yesterday met with his Czech Republic counterpart to discuss technology and trade in the military sector.

Czech Republic deputy defence minister Tomas Kuchta attended the meeting at the ministry accompanied by representatives of defence equipment suppliers from his country.

They included suppliers of aircrafts, airspace protection systems and de-mining equipment.

Mr Tomas said the Czech Republic is interested in how it can help provide solutions in line with Cambodia’s defence priorities. 

“We will cooperate together depending on Cambodia’s needs,” Gen Samphan said.

Mr Tomas said Cambodia is one of six countries that the Czech Republic is working with on development.

“The Czech Republic considers Cambodia a very important partner to strengthen development cooperation,” he added.   

Also yesterday, Mr Tomas met with Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said Cambodian officials used the meeting to thank the Czech Republic for its assistance, recalling its help for the country after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

“The Foreign Minister agreed with the Czech Republic’s initiative to strengthen cooperation in military-related technology,” Mr Sounry said.

The Foreign Minister said about 700 Cambodian students have studied in the Czech Republic to date.

“Mr Sokhonn asked the Czech Republic to continue providing scholarships to Cambodian fellows to study in the country,” Mr Sounry said.

Cambodia and the Czech Republic first established diplomatic relations in May 1956.

The volume of trade between the two countries rose from $28 million to $170 million between 2014 and 2016.

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