PHNOM PENH, Sept 21 (Xinhua): Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen (pic) on Tuesday praised the kingdom's hard-won peace, saying that it is the foremost prerequisite for national development.
In a massage to mark the International Day of Peace, he said as a country that used to get through wars, peace is "priceless" and Cambodia is committed to protecting it "at any cost".
"Thanks to the value of hard-earned peace, Cambodia has seen remarkable development in all fields and has actively contributed to the cause of global peace," Hun Sen said.
He underlined that the end of decades-old civil war on Dec. 29, 1998 had provided opportunities for the government and people of Cambodia to rebuild the nation's economy and society.
The Cambodian leader said for more than two decades, Cambodia had achieved an averagely economic growth of about 7 percent per annum, reaching the lower middle-income status in 2015.
He said despite suffering from the impact of Covid-19, Cambodia's economic growth is projected to grow modestly by 2.5 percent this year after experiencing a contraction of minus 1.9 percent last year.
He is still optimistic that the South-East Asian nation will be able to achieve its ambitious goals of becoming an upper middle-income country in 2030 and a high-income country in 2050.
Speaking of Cambodia's contributions to global peace, Hun Sen said from 2006 to date, the country has dispatched a total of 7,527 peacekeepers to partake in the United Nations peacekeeping missions in a number of war-torn countries.
"Cambodia will continue contributing to protecting global peace, stability and security through participating in cooperation to combat global challenges such as terrorism, transnational crimes, climate change, drug trafficking and pandemics," he said.
"Cambodia is committed to upholding the spirit of international solidarity and brotherhood and supporting international efforts for the cause of peace, security and humanity," he added.
Meanwhile, the prime minister slammed unnamed superpowers and their allies for practicing a "double standard" and interfering in Cambodia's internal affairs under the pretext of democracy and human rights.
He called on the Cambodian people to stay united as one to protect the country's hard-won peace for a sustainable national development. - Xinhua