Cambodian PM Meets Ambassadors and Consults General

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning held a four-hour meeting with 26 ambassadors and 8 consults general of Cambodia to foreign countries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

According to H.E. Koy Kuong, Undersecretary of State and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the meeting touched on political and economic issues, especially the three main challenges of Cambodia in 2012.

For the political issue, Samdech Techo Hun Sen stressed on the country’s important tasks, especially the ASEAN chairmanship in 2012 and its role as regional coordinator for the conflicts on Korean Peninsula and at the South China Sea.

Concerning the economic issue, Samdech Techo Hun Sen advised the ambassadors and consuls general to maintain the existing markets such as the U.S. and the European Union that have imported around 85 percent of Cambodian products, and to seek new markets including the ASEAN, East Asia and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, he advised them to attract more foreign investors and tourists to the country, the spokesperson said.

Regarding the vote at the UN Security Council for Cambodia’s candidacy as a non-permanent member in 2013-2014, the Cambodian prime minister said over 100 countries have voiced their support to Cambodia’s candidacy.

The meeting also focused on the International Court of Justice’s interpretation for its judgment in 1962 on the case concerning the Preah Vihear Temple and the surrounding area, said the spokesperson.

Moreover, he added, Samdech Techo Hun Sen highlighted the royal government’s endeavors to ensure the political and macroeconomic stability, the economic growth of over 6 percent so as to reduce the poverty rate of over 1 percent annually, and to increase the GDP per capital to US$1,000 per year by 2013.

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