Cambodian FM Holds Talks with His Indonesian Counterpart

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Hor Namhong held here on Monday a bilateral meeting with his visiting Indonesian counterpart H.E. Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa.

At the joint press conference after the meeting, H.E. Hor Namhong said the one-hour discussion focused on bilateral relations between Cambodia and Indonesia, Cambodia’s ASEAN chairmanship, and the dispatching of Indonesian military observer team to the Provisional Demilitarized Zone (PDZ) at Preah Vihear Temple Area set by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Regarding the bilateral ties, both sides agreed to boost their cooperation in the field of investment, especially in agro-industry, high-tech rice mills and telecommunications, said the Cambodian foreign minister, adding that the direct flights between Indonesia and Cambodia was also discussed.

Concerning Cambodia’s ASEAN chairmanship, Indonesian Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa affirmed that Indonesia is ready to send its senior officials to exchange views and experiences with Cambodia. He also praised Cambodia for successfully organized the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in January.

Related to the border issue, H.E. Hor Namhong asked the Cambodia-Thailand joint working group to set a date for the troop withdrawal from the PDZ as soon as possible so that the Indonesian military observer team can be dispatched to the area.

Both foreign ministers also discussed about the South China Sea issue and the protocol on the Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ).

Indonesian Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa arrived here yesterday for a one-day visit at the invitation of his Cambodian counterpart H.E. Hor Namhong.



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