Cambodia Discusses Cooperation Promotion with Gambia and Brazil

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia H.E. H.E. Prak Sokhonn had separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Gambia and Brazil to exchange views on promoting bilateral relations, in New York City, U.S.A. on Sept. 22, on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
According to the ministry’s press release AKP received this morning, in their meeting, H.E. Prak Sokhonn and H.E. Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of the Gambia agreed to conduct a bilateral consultation, as soon as possible, with a view to encourage trade, investment and cooperation in all feasible areas, including agriculture, between Cambodia and Gambia.
The two sides concurred to conclude in the near future an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders of two countries, which will facilitate official exchanges, including between the legislative bodies.
The two Ministers shared the view that both sides should consider establishing an honorary consulate in each other’s capital to promote relations and business linkages.
They also committed to promote Cambodia-Gambia international cooperation, and to support for each other’s candidacy in regional and international organisations.
During the meeting with H.E. Carlos Alberto Franco França, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, H.E Prak Sokhonn congratulated Brazil’s recently acquired status of ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner and agreed with his Brazilian counterpart that there are many potential areas for ASEAN-Brazil and Cambodia-Brazil cooperation.
Both Ministers expressed great optimism that the 1st consultation between the Foreign Ministries of Cambodia and Brazil to be conducted in December this year will lead to the expansion of trade and investment and cooperation in many areas between the two countries.
During this meeting, H.E. Carlos Alberto Franco França expressed intention to open the Embassy of Brazil in Cambodia in the near future. He also welcomed Cambodia’s desire to open a resident Embassy in Brasilia, in the near future.
Furthermore, the two Ministers agreed to strengthen Cambodia-Brazil international Cooperation and pledged to enhance support for each other within the international frameworks.
On the same day, H.E. Prak Sokhonn also met with H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). They discussed further promotion of cooperation between Cambodia and the OIF especially in encouraging trade and investment exchanges within OIF region.
They agreed that there are many potential areas which OIF members can cooperate for mutual benefits, such as agriculture and renewable energy.
H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo recalled with great satisfaction her successful visit to Cambodia in March this year.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press