Manet, Wong pledge closer Cambodian-Singaporean ties

Singaporean Prime Minister Lawrence Wong (left) welcomes Prime Minister Hun Manet to Singapore on June 18. - Lawrence Wong via X

PHNOM PENH: The leaders of Cambodia and Singapore have vowed to promote stronger and more prosperous cooperation between the two countries, by continuing regular political consultations between the two countries’ ministries of foreign affairs.

The commitment was made during a bilateral meeting between Singaporean Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Prime Minister Hun Manet on Tuesday (June 18) during Manet’s two-day official visit to Singapore from June 18-19.

The visit is aimed at further strengthening and expanding relations and cooperation, as 2025 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

During the meeting, Manet highlighted the strong growth of diplomatic relations between the two countries as well as the strengthening and expansion of cooperation in various other fields, adding that he expected his visit to further enhance cooperation between the two countries.

“The two prime ministers agreed to continue regular political consultations between their respective foreign ministries.

“They also announced that they will establish a joint working group to discuss action plans to improve trade and investment cooperation,” explained a June 18 social media statement from Manet.

The two leaders also agreed to continue cooperation in people-to-people exchanges, including building human capital, vocational training, and the promotion of tourism through the expansion of more direct flights between Cambodia and Singapore, as well as increased efforts to attract tourists from other countries to visit both countries.

They discussed exchanges of visits by senior defence and security officials and bilateral training sessions, as well as heightened cooperation on combating transnational crime, human trafficking and drug trafficking, cyber-crimes and online fraud, said the statement.

Wong and Manet held talks on a number of regional and international issues, in order to build peace, stability, unity and prosperity in the region and the world, as well as providing mutual benefits.

Manet invited Wong to pay an official visit to Cambodia at an appropriate time.

Wong took to social media on June 19 to explain that he and Manet discussed ways to expand the two countries' cooperation, noting Manet has set out a comprehensive strategy to make Cambodia a high-income nation by 2050, and pledging that Singapore will do its part to support Cambodia’s development priorities under this strategy.

“Our economic cooperation has expanded to new areas like renewable energy and carbon credits, and even cooperation in digital government. I look forward to working closely with Manet to strengthen our partnership and bring it to new heights,” he said. - The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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