German-Cambodian relations celebrated | Phnom Penh Post

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Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn (right) and outgoing Ambassador Christian Berger on 27. MFAIC

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the cooperation between Cambodia and Germany has borne fruit and the two countries hope the bilateral relationship will be further strengthened.

The ministry said this after Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn received a farewell call from outgoing German Ambassador Christian Berger on June 27. Both men expressed their shared satisfaction with the productive relationship between the two countries. Highlights of their cooperation included the signing of the joint declaration of intent on bilateral consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries and the holding of the first bilateral consultations in Phnom Penh earlier this year,” according to the spokesperson. from the Chum Sounry Ministry in a June 27 press release. .

“They expressed the hope that the relationship would be maintained and strengthened,” he said.

In recognition of Berger’s distinguished and honorable mission as an ambassador, Sokhonn conferred on him the highest honor of the Royal Order of Sahametrey reserved for foreign dignitaries, the class of Maha Serey Wathana.

Sounry said Christian Berger expressed his great pleasure in being presented with the award. Sokhonn thanked the German government for its continued assistance to Cambodia and appreciated the bilateral ties that formed during Berger’s tenure in Cambodia.

Sokhonn recalled the warm welcome he received from German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during her official visit to Germany in February, saying the two sides had contributed to good discussions on regional and international issues. common interest.

Yang Kim Eng, chairman of the People’s Center for Development and Peace, said Germany has so far helped Cambodia with good government, public relations training and infrastructure building. It also supported the Manufacturing Research and Training Center.

“It is clear that Germany has helped Cambodia in many ways. The relationship between the two is good,” he said.

He added, however, that Germany is a member of the EU, which has taken strong positions against Cambodia. Although Germany has good relations with Cambodia, it could not deviate from the common position of the EU – to put Cambodia on the path to democracy.

“Improving democracy and human rights is a factor in strengthening relations with any EU country. Whether they like it or not, all EU countries have a common position on these issues,” continued Kim Eng.

In a separate June 27 meeting with outgoing Turkish Ambassador Ayda Unlu, Sokhonn offered her compliments for her contribution to Turkish-Cambodian relations.

She previously received the highest honor of the Royal Order of Sahametrey reserved for foreign dignitaries, the class of Maha Serey Wathana from Prime Minister Hun Sen.

According to a press release from the ministry, the Turkish government has provided significant development aid to the Kingdom. This included a housing project in Sa’ang district, Kandal province. Turkey would continue to help projects related to infrastructure, housing and education.

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