Cambodia and Timor-Leste eye broader cooperation

East Timorese foreign minister Adaljiza Magno pays a courtesy call to Prime Minister Hun Sen on January 28 as part of her official four-day visit to the Kingdom. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, Jan 29 (Xinhua): Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has met with visiting Timor-Leste's Foreign Minister Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, discussing ways to broaden cooperation for mutual benefits, Cambodia's foreign ministry said in a press statement.

During the meeting, Hun Sen proposed some initiatives of bilateral cooperation for Timor-Leste to take into consideration, including the Agreement on Protection of Investments, Free Trade Agreement, and the Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation between the two countries, the statement said.

On Thursday, Magno also had a bilateral meeting with the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, talking about the cooperation in the areas of trade and investment, tourism, health, education and human resources development, it said.

"On trade and investment, both sides agreed on the need to resume momentum in trade activities and cooperation by encouraging their respective relevant institutions to effectively implement the existing signed documents," the statement said.

They also encouraged the acceleration of the negotiation on pending memorandums of understanding and agreements on tourism, trade, education, and air service.

For the cooperation on fighting against Covid-19, both sides congratulated each other for successfully containing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in their respective countries and for gradually opening their countries by living and adapting to the "new normal", it added.

On regional and international cooperation, they also exchanged views on issues of common interests and expressed their full support for each other in multilateral fora, the statement said, adding that Sokhonn reaffirmed Cambodia's support for Timor-Leste's application for the membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Magno arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday for a four-day official visit. - Xinhua

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