Phnom Penh, 7 April 2023 (TDI): The recently appointed Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, Justin Kevin Whyatt, has praised Cambodia’s rapid progress in all sectors.

On April 4, Justin Kevin expressed his gratitude to Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, President of the Cambodian Senate, at the Senate Palace in Phnom Penh.

Samdech Say Chhum greeted Justin Kevin Whyatt, highlighting that their visit demonstrates the two peoples’ and nations’ enduring friendship and collaboration.

Samdech Say Chhum also expressed his delight at the rising commercial interchange between Cambodia and Australia and thanked the Australian Government for its development aid.

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Ambassador praised Cambodia’s quick progress, emphasizing that this is his second visit to Cambodia, representing the deepening and extension of both countries’ existing and future relations and collaboration.

Justin Kevin Whyatt praised the Royal Government of Cambodia on the success of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits, as well as the administration of COVID-19.

Australia and Cambodia established diplomatic relations in 1952 and share a long history based on mutual respect and cooperation.

The two countries have engaged in various fields of collaboration such as education, trade, security, aid, and people-to-people links. The people of Cambodia and Australia have developed close links through tourism and migration.

More and more Australians are visiting Cambodia each year to experience its culture, while Cambodians are equally interested in exploring the natural wonders of Australia

Cambodia and Australia have collaborated on a range of security issues, including countering terrorism and narcotics trafficking, and disaster response.

Australia plays an active role in training and supporting the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and the Cambodian Mine Action Center.

The Cambodia-Australia bilateral relationship is multifaceted and has developed over several decades of mutual respect and cooperation.

Both countries have a shared interest in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and have accomplished much through their collaborative efforts.