Cambodia, UK Committed to Deepen Bilateral Cooperation

The Kingdom of Cambodia and the United Kingdom have vowed to bolster their cooperation in the fields of tourism, health, education, and trade among others.

The commitment was made during the celebration of the 92nd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II held in Phnom Penh yesterday evening.

Speaking on the occasion, Cambodian Senior Minister H.E. Ly Thuch lauded the good relations and cooperation between the two countries and recalled the UK government's assistance to Cambodia in the areas of health, poverty reduction, mine clearance and so on.

Around 170,000 British tourists visited Cambodia last year, he said, adding that the volume of two-way trade over the last three years was in a steady rise, reaching over US$1 billion, thanks to a strong presence of British businesses and brands in Cambodia.

For the education sector, he pointed out, UK awarded scholarships to more than 130 Cambodian students between 1993 and 2017.

British Ambassador H.E. William Longhurst said that UK has actively supported the Khmer Rouge trials and that his government looked forward to continuing to work on promoting the outreach and legacy of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) through TV and film.

UK remains committed globally to combat the illegal wildlife trade, as well as continues supporting demining activities in Cambodia through HALO Trust, said the outgoing ambassador who arrived in Cambodia in 2014 and has enjoyed his diplomatic mission of what he described as a wonderful experience thanks to Cambodia's cooperation.

H.E. Senior Minister Ly Thuch concluded, I have no doubt that we will earnestly continue our joint endeavours to consolidate and explore further dynamism of our close partnership for the best interests of our two nations and peoples.

H.E. Ambassador William Longhurst said that his successor is Tina Redshaw, the UK's first female Ambassador to Cambodia, who is expected to assume her post in late June this year.

The two nations re-established their diplomatic ties in 1991 after many years of interruption due to civil war in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press