Cambodia, Belarus vow to develop bilateral ties, cooperation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-3-26 20:26:17

Cambodia and Belarus on Wednesday pledged to promote bilateral ties and cooperation in all fields for the benefits of the two countries and peoples.

The commitment was made during a talk between Cambodian deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and visiting Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei.

"Two countries' trade and economic relations are at the beginning stage, but Belarus considers Cambodia as a promising partner in the Southeast Asian region, we are seeking to develop bilateral cooperation in different fields including trade, economics, science, technology, education, agriculture, tourism and culture," Makei said in a joint press conference after the talk.

"This is my first visit to Cambodia and it is the opening of a new historic page of the Belarus-Cambodia relations," he said, adding that the two countries also agreed to provide mutual support on international arena.

At the end of the meeting, Hor Namhong and Makei signed a visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and official passport holders.

"This is a positive development of the relations and cooperation between Cambodia and Belarus," Hor Namhong said.

Meanwhile, he said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will pay an official visit to Belarus on April 23-25 at the invitation of Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich.

"During the prime minister's visit, a number of documents in various areas will be signed to widen and deepen the bilateral relations," he said.

Makei arrived here on Wednesday for a four-day official visit. During his stay, he will inaugurate a tractor assembly plant on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, which is invested by Belarus-based Minsk Tractor Works.

He is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Hun Sen on Thursday afternoon.

Cambodia and Belarus established diplomatic relations in 1995.

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