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French diplomat reaffirms cultural and education ties

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Laurence Auer was among officials on a four-day visit to Cambodia. Supplied

A senior official from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday concluded a four-day visit to Cambodia intended to boost ties between the nations.

Laurence Auer, director of culture, education, research and network coordination at the ministry, met with King Norodom Sihamoni and other government officials during her trip, including Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona and Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron.

Ms Auer’s visit also coincided with the 25th anniversary of Angkor Wat being listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in Siem Reap province.

The French Embassy said Ms Auer attended the plenary session of the International Coordination Committee of Angkor as part of her trip.

“She visited the restoration worksite of the western Mebon temple that France finances in partnership with the National Authority Apsara and that also serves as a training site for Cambodian specialists in conservation and restoration,” an embassy statement said.

Ms Auer also visited the University of Health Sciences, which has been at the centre of many cooperation projects between France and Cambodia for the past 25 years.

“She reaffirmed France’s attachment to the cooperation with Cambodia in the fields of education, scientific and academic partnerships, research, health, culture and heritage,” the embassy said.

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