Cambodia – Myanmar pledge to further strengthen relation and bilateral cooperation between the two nations

 

In a bilateral meeting between the Prime Minister HUN SEN and Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, in the morning of April 30, 2019, the two sides revealed a shared stance in strengthening and improving further relation and bilateral cooperation between the two nations. Within the talk, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi informed the Prime Minister HUN SEN that this is the first time she paid a visit to Cambodia to improve and extend bilateral relation between the two countries to be more prosperous and active. In this regards, she raised about cooperation on the fields of culture, religion, education, as well as economy.

Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomed for the addressing about cooperation of the two nations by citing that in terms of culture in 2020 is the 65th anniversary of relation of the two nations; so we should join all together in celebrating to be great, and to enhance Cambodia tourism sector – especially in Siem Reap province and Balkan province, as provinces with numerous heritage temples. In line with religious sector, Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked the Union of Myanmar for allowing Cambodia to construct temples in provinces of Myanmar, and also thanked Myanmar for training the monks to get access to education there, by up to date there are 94 monks who graduated from Myanmar, and there are other 4 monks who are studying there. In relation to educational sector, Mr. Prime Minister HUN SEN requested to make sure to get agreement implementation accelerated which was already jointly signed. Moreover, there should be student exchange between Cambodian students and Myanmar students with the supports from the royal government of the two nations. On that time, the Prime Minister also provided the 10 scholarships to Myanmar enabling for Myanmar students come to study in Cambodia for the year 2019 – 2020. In terms of economic field, the Prime Minister HUN SEN appealed to have the inspection on overlapping taxation and other fields that the two countries have potentialities; to enhance a wider development, in particular to increase the trade volume from USD 10M to be larger. Please note that Cambodia – Myanmar linked bond diplomatic ties on July 12, 1955. In 1974, Myanmar closed its embassy in Phnom Penh; but in 19994, Myanmar reconnected the diplomatic ties with Cambodia. Up to 1999, Myanmar had opened its embassy in Phnom Penh, and Cambodia had opened its embassy in Myanmar too. During the diplomatic tie reconnection, the Prime Minister has visited to Myanmar, in which such as: the 24th ASEAN Summit on 10 – 11 May 2014, and the 25th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on 12 -13 November 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw. The 7th CLMV Summit and the 6th ACMECS Summit on 22 – 23 June 2015 in Nay Pyi Taw. While Myanmar leaders who used to visit Cambodia: on 01 – 03 April 2015, Mr. U Nyan Tun, Former Deputy President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, paid a goodwill visit in Cambodia. On 03 – 05 February 2017, Mr. U Htin Kyaw, Former President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, made a state visit in Cambodia.

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