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Cambodia, Ivory Coast parliament chiefs vow to bolster bilateral ties

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-11-25 14:42:43

Cambodian and Ivory Coast parliament chiefs on Monday vowed to promote bilateral ties and cooperation for the benefits of the two countries and peoples.

Speaking during a meeting with Heng Samrin, president of Cambodia's National Assembly, Guillaume Kigbafori Soro, visiting president of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast, said the West African nation was willing to strengthen ties and cooperation with Cambodia.

He proposes to sign a cooperation agreement between the two countries' legislative bodies when Heng Samrin makes an official visit to Ivory Coast in the future.

Ivory Coast is the world's leading producer of cocoa and coffee, he said, pledging to seek possibilities to cooperate in the agricultural sector with Cambodia.

Heng Samrin said Soro's visit would strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.

"His Excellency Soro is the first senior parliamentary figure who visits Cambodia during the fifth legislature of the Cambodia's National Assembly," he said during the meeting. "Your visit will further contribute to strengthening and expanding friendly ties, solidarity, and cooperation between the peoples, governments, and legislative bodies of the two countries."

He asked the West African nation to examine possibilities to forge cooperation with Cambodia in trade and tourism.

"I desire to see enhanced trade relations between the two nations and would like to appeal to Ivory Coast people to visit Cambodia in order to promote our bilateral ties," he said.

Soro arrived in Cambodia on Saturday for a four-day visit. During the stay, he will also pay a courtesy call on King Norodom Sihamoni and meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

In addition, he is scheduled to meet with Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol, Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Cham Prasidh, and Agriculture Minister Ouk Rabun as well as President of the Cambodia's Chamber of Commerce Kith Meng.

Cambodia and Ivory Coast established diplomatic relations in 2008.
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