President Maithripala Sirisena, on a state visit to Cambodia, held a meeting today (08th) evening with Cambodian Prime Minister Mr. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Pakdei Techo HUN SEN. The Prime Minister of Cambodia gave President Sirisena a great welcome upon his arrival at the Peace Palace.
The Prime Minister recalled that the two nations had powerful religious and cultural connections since ancient times. The two leaders discussed methods to improve tourism and trade between the two nations based on the same historical connection.
It also drew attention to the option of direct flights between the two nations. They also discussed signing a civil aviation agreement. The leaders also discussed how to improve financial and trade collaboration and implement the exchange program for education and youth.
Notwithstanding long-standing bilateral relations, the two countries ‘ embassies were not established. It was also discussed that action to speed up the process should be taken. It was also discussed in between two nations on inter-market possibilities and market benefits. Referring to the need for a legal basis to protect investment, President Sirisena said that his foreign policy is that no nation should be influenced by another country’s actions.
The discussion focused on the significance of Cambodia-Sri Lanka strengthening relations. Cambodian Premier said the two countries ‘ distance is a disadvantage for both nations. President Sirisena said he would instruct the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take instant measures to further improve diplomatic ties with Cambodia and set up embassies.
The Prime Minister of Cambodia thanked President Sirisena for the facilities given in Sri Lanka to a large amount of Cambodian student Buddhist monks. He also pointed out the option of enhancing ties with a comparable religious and cultural context between the two nations.
The Prime Minister of Cambodia also expressed condolences over the April 21 terrorist attack Sri Lanka was facing. Two new MoUs were signed between Sri Lanka and Cambodia after the conference with the leaders.
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Wasantha Senanayake signed on behalf of Sri Lanka the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultation and on behalf of the Government of Cambodia the Foreign Secretary of Cambodia. The two countries ‘ Chambers of Commerce signed an agreement to set up a Cambodia and Sri Lanka National Council.
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