Cambodia, Australia Speak Highly of Their Relations and Cooperation

Cambodia and Australia have lauded the progress in their relationship and cooperation, particularly in the fields of economy, trade, investment and tourism.

The appreciation was made during the meeting here yesterday between Cambodian Senate President Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum and his visiting Australian counterpart H.E. Scott Ryan.

Samdech Say Chhum expressed warm welcome to H.E. Scott Ryan's participation in the 27th Annual Meeting of Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-27) in Siem Reap province recently as well as his visit in Phnom Penh, stressing that his participation and visit have contributed to the success of the APPF-27 and to the strengthening and expansion of the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two parliaments, peoples and countries.

The Cambodian senate president also congratulated and voiced his support to the Australian parliament to be the next host of APPF in 2020, which, he believed, will see more fruitful outcomes.

Regarding the bilateral relations, Samdech Say Chhum affirmed to continue promoting the cooperation between the two parliaments through visit exchange and experience sharing in the areas of law, human rights, democracy and IT, adding that the fourth-legislature Senate has already created a bilateral friendship group with the Australian Parliament.

On behalf of the Cambodian parliament and people, Samdech Say Chhum thanked the Australian side for its development assistance to Cambodia, mainly to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and the education sector.

In reply, H.E. Scott Ryan praised Cambodia for its rapid development in the past 20 years and highly valued Cambodia's successful hosting of APPF-27 and warm hospitality.

As the host of APPF-28 in 2020, he added, Australia will do its best to well organise this regional forum so that it will be crowned with success as the APPF-27 in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press