Foreign Minister Meets New Indian Ambassador

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC), H.E. Hor Namhong this morning held talks with newly appointed Ambassador of India to Cambodia H.E. Dinesh K. Patnaik.

In the meeting, H.E. Hor Namhong welcomed H.E. Dinesh K. Patnaik’s diplomatic mission to Cambodia and hoped that through this mission, both nations’ relationship and cooperation will be further deepened and expanded, said H.E. Koy Kuong, spokesman for the MFA-IC.

The Cambodian deputy prime minister also thanked the Indian government for its assistance to the rehabilitation of Taphrom Temple.

In addition, H.E. Hor Namhong asked the Indian side to conduct as soon as possible a study of two highways project, one links India to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, and the other one connects India and Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

H.E. Hor Namhong requested India to convene a meeting between the ministers of transport of the concerned countries on this two highways project, saying it will contribute to improving more cooperation and investment between Cambodia, India and the region.

The Mekong–Ganga Cooperation (MGC) and the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Daily in December were also raised during the meeting, said the spokesman.

For his part, H.E. Dinesh K. Patnaik pledged to encourage more Indian investors to Cambodia to invest in rice mills and tourism and to urge Indian airlines to operate direct flights to Cambodia.

The bilateral trade between Cambodia and India last year was US$86 million, up from US$60 million in 2010, and the Kingdom attracted some 15,000 Indian tourists in 2011.

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