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Russian, Cambodian PMs to discuss economic, defense cooperation

May 17, 2016, 8:39 UTC+3

The two prime ministers are expected to discuss expansion of cooperation in trade, investment, defense, and defense-related technologies — a spokesman for the Russian government staff

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MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will hold talks in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss expansion of economic and defense cooperation between the two countries.

"The two prime ministers are expected to discuss implementation of the agreements reached previously with emphasis on expansion of cooperation in trade, investment, defense, and defense-related technologies," a spokesman for the Russian government staff told TASS.

"Cambodia is a long-term and reliable partner for Russia in South-East Asia while bilateral cooperation between our countries is based on decades-old traditions of friendship and mutual understanding," he said.

In 2015, Russian-Cambodian trade totaled $ 110.7 million, down 16.6% versus 2014.

"Russian business that went to Cambodia this spring embraced representatives of the state corporations Rosatom, Rusagro, Tyazhpromexport, RZD, GLONASS, Inter RAO Engineering, GSS, and a number of others and it showed the serious of large Russian businesses’ intention to broaden their presence on the Cambodian market," the spokesman said.

Russia and Cambodia hope to sign a package of bilateral documents in atomic energy, telecommunications, information technologies, youth policies, the Olympic movement, and contacts between Interior agencies during Hun Sen’s visit.

Also, the two Prime Minister will put their signature under a joint statement on the list of projects for economic and investment cooperation through to 2020.

The current guidelines for Russian-Cambodian relations hold promise of a success and especially in the humanitarian sphere, for instance, in education.

More than 8,000 Cambodians are graduates of Russian universities and Moscow extends grants to eighty Cambodian citizens who are getting education in the schools of higher learning in Russia.

Promotion of tourism is also a lucrative area of business, as about 90,000 Russians visited Cambodia last year.

In the international arena, Russia and Cambodia are united by the identical or close positions on the most pressing issues of global and regional agendas, state the Russian government officials.

After talks with Dmitry Medvedev, Hun Sen will go to Sochi where he will attend a Russia-ASEAN jubilee summit.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spend the previous week holding talks with Prime Ministers of ASEAN countries arriving in Russia for the summit.

On Monday, he met with his Vietnamese opposite number Nguyen Xuan Phuc. His meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has been scheduled for May 18 and with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, for May19.

The jubilee summit will be held on June 19 and June 20.

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