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Thailand to Offer Educational Opportunities to Cambodian Workers’ Children

Phnom Penh, March 22, 2024 – In a move that promises to bolster the relationship between Thailand and Cambodia, the President of the National Assembly of Thailand, Mr. Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, has declared that Thailand will open its educational system to the children of Cambodian workers living within its borders.

This announcement came during a productive dialogue with Mr. Hun Sen, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the King, at Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara Palace on Friday. The discussions aimed at enhancing the bilateral relationship and improving conditions for Cambodian workers in Thailand.

Mr. Wan Muhamad Noor Matha highlighted the strong historical and geographical connections binding the two countries. He underscored Thailand’s commitment to supporting Cambodian nationals in Thailand, particularly through educational initiatives that would include Thai language instruction, aiming at smoother integration into Thai society.

Mr. Hun Sen acknowledged the deep-rooted ties between the nations and called for increased cooperation across various sectors, including economy, trade, employment, and tourism. He pointed to the importance of strategic partnerships within ASEAN ICMAC and the Greater Mekong Subregion for mutual growth and prosperity.

The engagement between the two leaders, recalling a meeting from 30 years ago, underscored the enduring friendship and collaboration. Mr. Wan Muhamad Noor Matha praised Mr. Hun Sen’s leadership and reiterated Thailand’s dedication to nurturing a cooperative and prosperous relationship with Cambodia.

Thailand’s gesture to extend educational facilities to Cambodian children is seen as a significant step towards inclusivity and demonstrates a commitment to the well-being of migrant communities, further strengthening the bonds between the two neighboring countries.

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