Top Diplomat Requests Sweden’s Support in Cambodia’s Mine Clearance

Cambodia has requested the Government of Sweden to support mine clearance sector, so that the former can achieve mine-free status by 2025.

According to a news release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC), H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, made the request while receiving a farewell call from H.E. Ms. Maria Sargren, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia recently at the ministry office.

Cambodia, he said, received Sweden's support in mine clearance and unexploded ordnance (UXO) from 2002 to 2014, and it is great if Sweden considers the continuation of the assistance.

H.E. Prak Sokhonn noted that during the three-year diplomatic term of H.E. Ms. Maria Sargren in Cambodia, both countries have maintained good cooperation on various sectors.

For her part, H.E. Ms. Maria Sargren thanked the minister and MFA-IC for the good cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Cambodia so far, and Sweden has contributed actively to promoting gender equity, human rights, education, employment, environment, and climate change reduction, and beyond.

The outgoing Swedish ambassador praised Cambodia's rapid development and economic growth toward the achievements of the goals set in the millennium development goals (MDGs).

According to H.E. Ms. Maria Sargren, Sweden is planning a five-year Development Strategy in Cambodia for 2020-2024.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press