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  1. PM Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Cambodian counterpart; says will take relations to new level

PM Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Cambodian counterpart; says will take relations to new level

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Cambodian counterpart, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on Saturday and held a joint press conference where they talked about the ties between India and Cambodia.

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 27, 2018 2:35 PM
Cambodian PM Samdech Hun Sen welcomed by PM Narendra Modi on his official visit to India. Cambodian PM Samdech Hun Sen welcomed by PM Narendra Modi on his official visit to India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Cambodian counterpart, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on Saturday and held a joint press conference where they talked about the ties between India and Cambodia. While addressing the joint press conference, PM Narendra Modi said, “Angkor Wat temple’s preservation is the part of the joint cultural heritage of Cambodia and India.” PM Modi also said, “We are ready to further strengthen our relations with Cambodia in the coming future.” Prior to the press conference, PM Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Cambodia held delegation-level talks in Hyderabad House, New Delhi.

Cambodian Prime Minister is in the capital along with rest of the ASEAN leaders to attend the ASEAN India commemorative summit and the Republic Day Parade. Yesterday, at the grand parade held in New Delhi, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen was present along with rest of the leaders from ASEAN countries.

“India committed to taking its relations with Cambodia to a newer level,” said PM Narendra Modi. He also said, “This is the first visit by Cambodian PM in over 10 years; PM Hun Sen has honoured us by coming to the ASEAN India Summit & taking part in Republic Day.”

At the press conference, Cambodian PM said, “Hope Indian investors will go to Cambodia; Indian tourists & investors should come to Cambodia.” Hun Sen also said, “I appreciate PM Narendra Modi for ASEAN India commemorative summit & Republic Day.” The Cambodian PM also said that Cambodia can benefit from act east policy.

Prime Minister of Cambodia also met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and talked upon various topics including building upon cultural and civilisational linkages. They also discussed issues of mutual interest related to development partnership, trade and investment, HRD and people-to-people contacts.

Meanwhile, on January 24, the Cambodian prime minister met India’s Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss digital initiatives undertaken by India including soil health card as well as the flagship biometric project Aadhaar. After the 30-long minute meeting, Prasad said that India is “seriously considering” opening a Centre of Excellence (CoE) on IT in Cambodia and that Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) is working on the same.

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