Cambodia Welcomes Finland’s Request to Create Honorary Consulate

Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC) has expressed welcome to the request of the Government of Finland to establish an honorary consulate in Cambodia in order to further promote the cooperation in all domains between both countries.

H.E. Chum Sounry, Spokesperson for MFA-IC told this to reporters after the meeting between H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister and Minister of MFA-IC, and the Bangkok-based Ambassador of Finland to Cambodia H.E. Ms. Satu Suikkari-Kleven, in Phnom Penh on June 8.

According to the spokesperson, H.E. Prak Sokhonn took the opportunity to thank the Government of Finland for its assistance for the development of Cambodia, especially in the areas of agriculture, mine clearance, fight against human trafficking, and so on.

The Cambodian top diplomat also welcomed the contribution of Finnish NGOs to the fields of energy and environment in Cambodia as well as the cooperation on education between the two countries. Moreover, he asked Finland for cooperation in the creation of a national institute for diplomacy and international studies in Cambodia.

For her part, the Finnish ambassador spoke highly of and reaffirmed her government's intention to continue the good relationship and cooperation between Cambodia and Finland, as well as to boost their business relations by encouraging more Finnish investors to do business in Cambodia.

H.E. Ms. Satu Suikkari-Kleven sought support from Cambodia to Finland's candidacy as a member of the Executive Board of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 2017-2021.

The diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Finland were established in 1969, but interrupted during Cambodian civil wars before being reestablished in 1992.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press