The Government of Australia has decided to extend AUD 87 million (over US$67 million) development assistance to Cambodia for 2018, H.E. Kao Kim Hourn, Delegate Minister Attached to the Cambodian Prime Minister, told the National Television of Kampuchea (TVK)'s reporters.
This is a fruitful outcome of the bilateral talk between Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, in Sydney, Australia this morning, on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, he stressed.
At the same time, the Australian side pledged to boost its investment in Cambodia and assist Cambodian blue helmet troops in their peacekeeping missions under the UN umbrella, added the delegate minister.
Besides, he said, Honourable Malcolm Turnbull affirmed Australia's strong will to strengthen the relations between both countries and expressed warm welcome to Samdech Techo Hun Sen's presence at the upcoming ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.
According to H.E. Kao Kim Hourn, on the ASEAN-Australia relations, the Australian Prime Minister said their cooperation and partnership are very important for the regional security and stability.
For his part, on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his sincere condolences over the loss of an Australian trainer due to a mine explosion in Kampong Speu province yesterday afternoon, and thanked Australia for its support to the development, rice seed research, human resource training, and mine clearance in Cambodia.
The Cambodian Premier proposed the Australian side to send its observer team for the National Election in July this year, after dispatching 26 observers for the Commune/Sangkat Council Election in Cambodia last year.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen reaffirmed his support to Australia's New Colombo Plan, and invited Honourable Malcolm Turnbull to pay a visit to Cambodia at his convenient time.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press