Cambodia, East Timor Strengthen Economic and Political Affairs

DAP News, 21 April 2010

Cambodia, East Timor Strengthen Economic and Political Affairs

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday discussed with East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta about strengthening bilateral bonds between the two Southeast Asia countries.

Both sides have discussed on expanding the cooperation on the economic, agricultural, political issues for mutual benefits of the two countries,” Mr Eang Sophalet, assistant to Prime Minister Hun Sen told reporters after the two leaders’ talk at the Cambodian National Assembly.

Cambodia side will send a delegation of trade unit to East Timor to study potential issues for exporting Cambodian agricultural products to there, Mr. Eang noted. Mr. Horta also invited Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen to visit East Timor and Samdech will visit there in an appropriate time, Eang said.

Mr. Horta also asked Samdech to support East Timor as a new member of ASEAN in 2012 and Cambodian side will support the membership and urged East Timor to lobby other countries in ASEAN, Mr. Eang said.

ASEAN composed Brunei, Cambodian, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Philippines, and Laos.

Mr. Horta said today with Cambodian students in Phnom Penh downtown that his country will join ASEAN in 2012 if the political stability and economic growth of his country performed well in next few years.

We hope that Cambodia and other ASEAN countries will support us as a new and youngest membership of ASEAN.

Mr Horta arrived here to deliver his speech about building culture of peace under the organizing of international peace foundation.