Australia to Provide Additional US$10 Million for Mine Clearance in Cambodia

The Australian government has decided to provide an additional US$10 million to the Royal Government of Cambodia to support its demining activities.

This financial assistance was made known here yesterday by H.E. Pablo Chiho Kang, newly appointed Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, during his meeting with H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, according to H.E. Koy Kuong, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

On the occasion, H.E. Prak Sokhonn thanked the Australian side for its support to Cambodia and suggested strengthening the bilateral cooperation in the fields of public works and transport, industry, trade, education, agriculture and tourism for the supreme interests of both countries and peoples.

H.E. Pablo Chiho Kang laid stress on the two-way trade between Cambodia and Australia, which had reached almost US$600 million, from only US$40 million previously. He also noted the increase in the number of Australian tourists to Cambodia and Cambodian students to Australia recorded at some 220,000 and 3,000, respectively.

The two sides also discussed the organisation of the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) by Cambodia later this year and the planned visit of young Cambodians from different political parties in Australia to learn about its political system.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press