Cambodian PM Meets Japanese Foreign Minister

image001Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, held talks here yesterday at the Peace Palace with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister H.E. Fumio Kishida.

During the talks, H.E. Fumio Kishida expressed his delight to join the inauguration of ÆON Mall, invested by a Japanese company. This big investment showed the good relations and cooperation, especially in the field of trade between Cambodia and Japan, H.E. Eang Sophallet, Assistant to the Cambodian prime minister told reporters.

His trip to Cambodia this time is to see the real relationship between both countries after they upgraded their ties and cooperation to the level of strategic partnership last year, said the assistant.

In the framework of cooperation, especially the ASEAN Community Building, Japan will continue to support Cambodia, particularly to boost the development of the Southern Economic Corridor, H.E. Eang Sophallet quoted H.E. Fumio Kishida as saying.

For his part, Samdech Techo Hun Sen lauded the excellent relationship and cooperation between Cambodia and Japan, stressing that Cambodia’s peace, reconstruction and development were inseparable from the key contribution of Japan, added the assistant.

The Cambodian premier went on to say that Japan is one of the biggest foreign donors to Cambodia and the investment of ÆON Mall Co., Ltd. in Cambodia reflected the new progress in relations between the two countries, in particular in terms of foreign direct investment.

According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, both sides should work together on the missing points so as to further tighten their relationship.

From 1994 to May 2014, Cambodia attracted some US$620 million of Japanese investment in 86 different projects.

Following the talks, Samdech Techo Hun Sen witnessed the signing ceremony of the Exchange of Notes on Japan’s ODA Grant Aid and Yen Loan worth in total over US$143 million for socio-economic development in Cambodia. The document was inked by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Hor Namhong and Japanese Foreign Minister H.E. Fumio Kishida.

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