Cambodian, Thai Prime Ministers Promote Border Cooperation and Development

image001Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, held a bilateral talk here yesterday afternoon at the Peace image002Palace with his visiting Thai counterpart, H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-Cha.

According to H.E. Eang Sophalleth, Assistant to the Cambodian premier, during the bilateral meeting, Samdech Techo image003Hun Sen highlighted six basic principles to strengthen the relations and cooperation between both neighboring countries.

First, solve all issues through friendly negotiations, good neighborhood, and try to make the border lines be the ones of friendship, peace, cooperation and development;

Second, avoid permitting the unsettled issues or the occurrence of a problem to become an obstacle to the connection in all sectors, spreading to others, shortening the disagreement, and widening the solutions;

Third, promote the cooperation on economy, trade, investment, tourism, and other domains at best the two countries have; including the connection of the road, rail, water, and air transport, electricity network, opening additional border gates, setting up markets at the borders and SEZs at the borders as well;

Fourth, solve anti-terrorism crime and prevent the human trafficking, and logging;

Fifth, jointly collaborate in dealing with all natural disasters; and

Sixth, join hands both regionally and internationally through the discussion to protect common benefits.

Moreover, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen emphasized that the two sides ought to promote the exchange in the fields of investment, economic and trade between the two countries. Last year, the two-way trade reached up to approximately US$4,550 million, in which the figure of Cambodia’s export to Thailand stood at some US$355 million.

Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen thanked his Thai counterpart for the attention to push the good connection, especially the cooperation along the borders. He also congratulated Thailand on re-gaining the stability which is important for the ASEAN member countries and in the ACMECS framework.

Concerning human resource development, the Cambodian premier expressed thanks for the Thai Princess Sirindhorn’s continued assistance to Kampong Chheu Teal High School in Kampong Thom province until 2016 and to the malaria control project in Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri provinces, also until 2016.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also thanked the Thai side for its assistance to the construction of a 45-meter railway bridge linking Poipet city of Cambodia to Aranyaprathet of Thailand, and expressed his support to the opening of four new international border gates, as well as requested the Thai side to establish a secretariat in order to stop the use of violence against Cambodian illegal loggers.

For his part, H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-Cha highly appreciated Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, who was considered as a veteran and mature politician in ASEAN. He added that the two neighboring countries had history long time ago and that the bilateral connection was seen well. “Hence, we should drop the past conflicts so as to turn to the development instead,” he said.

In this context, Thailand wished to doubly collaborate with Cambodia in economic field, the development and establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) along the borders and asked Cambodia to set up a commission to promote the development of the SEZs between the two countries.

H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-Cha asked Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen for top leaders’ talks, for stimulating the collaboration to curb the areas of human trafficking, health, soft and hard infrastructure connection and tourism, and for allowing over 40 trucks up to 500 trucks of Thailand to enter into Cambodia to load goods as the limitation of only 40 trucks was insufficient.

After that, both premiers also presided over the signing ceremony of three important documents including the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation; the MoU on Bilateral Cooperation for Eliminating Trafficking in Persons and Protecting Victims for Trafficking, and the MoU on Connection of the Railway between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand.

H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-Cha is on a two-day (Oct.30-31) official visit in Cambodia at the invitation of Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

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