Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen yesterday afternoon held a talk with visiting Indonesian Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) H.E. Dr. Marzuki Alie at the Peace Palace.
During the talk, H.E. Dr. Marzuki Alie expressed his appreciation to the development of the cooperation between Indonesia and Cambodia and welcomed all the cooperation projects between both countries, particularly the export of 100,000 tons of Cambodian milled rice to Indonesia annually, H.E. Ieng Sophalet, Assistant to the Cambodian premier told reporters.
H.E. Dr. Marzuki Alie also informed and invited Samdech Techo Hun Sen to attend the AIPA’s 33rd General Assembly scheduled to take place next week, from Sept. 16-22, the assistant said.
In reply, Samdech Techo Hun Sen accepted the invitation and advised the Indonesian ambassador and Cambodian officials to arrange this visit. He also highly valued the bilateral relations between the two countries, stressing that they still have more potentials for cooperation.
Concerning the rice export to Indonesia, the Cambodian prime minister said it should be promoted in the ASEAN framework as it also concerns the food security, said the assistant.
Earlier on the same day, H.E. Dr. Marzuki Alie was received by Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of National Assembly of Cambodia. Both sides agreed with the Statement of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers on ASEAN’s Six-Point Principles on the South China Sea and called for a resolution to the issue based on this statement.
H.E. Dr. Marzuki Alie’s visit to Cambodia is part of his six-day visit from Sept. 4 to 9 to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, said an AIPA’s press release, adding that the main aim of the visit is to strengthen the relations between the AIPA member countries and to extend the invitation to attend the 33rd General Assembly of AIPA directly to the speaker of each country.