New French Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Cambodian FM

Cambodian Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn received here this morning newly appointed Ambassador of France to Cambodia H.E. Ms. Eva Nguyen Binh.

The new French diplomat congratulated Cambodia on the recent Commune/Sangkat Council Election which was conducted in a free, fair, just and democratic manner with high turnout rate, and appreciated the Kingdom's contribution to UN peacekeeping operations, H.E. Chhiv Yiseang, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, told reporters after the meeting.

H.E. Ms. Eva Nguyen Binh also lauded the cultural cooperation between the two countries, mainly in the conservation and development of national and world heritage, adding that the 25th anniversary of the listing of Angkor Wat Temple as a World Heritage Site will be celebrated later this year, while the 25th founding anniversary of the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) will be marked next year.

Besides, she affirmed the continued French investments in Cambodia and pledged to do her best to further boost the relations between Cambodia and France.

In reply, H.E. Prak Sokhonn shared the same idea with the French ambassador over the cultural cooperation between the two nations and informed his guest of the recent inscription of Sambor Prey Kuk on the UNESCO's World Heritage List.

He thanked the French side for their condolences over the loss of four Cambodian blue helmets and for its assistance to the training of Cambodian peacekeepers.

The Cambodian top diplomat reaffirmed Cambodia's support to the reduction of global warming by ratifying the Paris Agreement and the country's participation in the Climate Change Summit to be hosted by France in December this year.

Cambodia and France resumed their diplomatic relations in 1991 after many years of interruption due to civil wars in Cambodia. The two-way trade between both countries reached US$425 million last year, up from US$363 million in 2015.

H.E. Ms. Eva Nguyen Binh presented her credentials to His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia on July 11, 2017.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press