Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn and his Timor-Leste counterpart H.E. Mrs. Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno have agreed to further strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation in several areas, including trade and investment, tourism, education, and human resource developpement.
The agreement was made by both nations’ top diplomats during their talk via Videoconference yesterday, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
The Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues of common interests.
H.E. Prak Sokhonn once again extended his warmest congratulations to H.E. Ms. Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno on her appointment and recalled his official visit to Timor-Leste in 2019 to attend the 20th Anniversary of the Referendum of self-determination of Timor-Leste and invited her for an official visit to Cambodia after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
Both Foreign Ministers noted that the two-way trade volume between Cambodia and Timor-Leste is still low as they encouraged both sides’ relevant stakeholders to increase bilateral economic and trade activities by implementing the existing Agreement on Cooperation between the two countries’ Chambers of Commerce. H.E. Prak Sokhonn informed his counterpart that Cambodia is open for the discussion on rice export to Timor-Leste as requested by Timor-Leste’s side in 2020, and that Cambodia’s white rice is well known around the world for its high quality.
H.E. Ms. Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno also praised the Royal Government of Cambodia on her outstanding economic performances and wished to learn from Cambodia’s experiences and best practices. In response, H.E. Prak Sokhonn was pleased to welcome Timor-Leste’s delegation to Cambodia for a study visit, alongside with her official visit when time allows.
On education, H.E. Prak Sokhonn reiterated that Cambodia will continue to support Timor-Leste in human resource development. Both Ministers encouraged the two sides to conclude the discussion on the two pending documents, namely Memorandum of Understanding on Higher Education and Science between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Cambodia and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture of Timor-Leste and Agreement on Cooperation between the University of Cambodia (UC) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture of Timor-Leste.
Both Foreign Ministers congratulated each other on the significant progress and cooperation in other various fields and encouraged their respective authorities to expedite the conclusion on three other pending Memorandums of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation, General Cooperation in the Trade Sector and Technical Collaboration on the National Logistic Centres.
On regional cooperation, H.E. Ms. Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno highly appreciated Cambodia’s continuous support for Timor-Leste’s accession to ASEAN. In response, H.E. Deputy Prime Minister reaffirmed Cambodia’s support for Timor-Leste’s application for ASEAN membership, believing that Timor-Leste’s membership will bring more benefits to ASEAN.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press