Phnom Penh, 17 January 2023 (TDI): Prime Minister of Cambodia, Samdech Techo returns to Cambodia with positive results after a three-day visit to Maldives.

The delegation was warmly welcomed on arrival at Phnom Penh by Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and many other senior government officials.

During the visit, Cambodia and Maldives signed six crucial documents. These were on visa exemption, economic, tourism, and health cooperation. Moreover, bilateral consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both nations took place.

Also, the MoU between the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) and the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) was signed.

Cambodian Prime Minister held official talks with the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. He also met with many other senior Maldivian officials.

These included Vice President Faisal Naseem, Speaker of People’s Majlis Mohamed Nasheed, Chief Justice Ahmed Muthasim, and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.

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In addition, the government has also decided to name a street in Cambodia as Cambodia-Maldives Friendship Street. This was done to highlight the closer bonds of friendship between the two countries.

Partnerships between the two Countries

The leader of both nations expressed their commitment to developing a strong and mutually beneficial partnership. This will not be limited to the bilateral level but also to regional and international levels.

Furthermore, the partnerships will promote peace, stability, and sustainable development of the two nations and the world.

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The Cambodian and Maldivian leaders also considered trade and tourism. In this regard, they want direct air connectivity to facilitate business, people-to-people contact, and tourism exchanges between countries.

In a Joint Communiqué, Maldives expressed hope that Cambodia will continue supporting the Maldives’ ongoing efforts to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in South East Asia (TAC).

Additionally, Maldives extended its full support for Cambodia’s application to become an Observer State of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).