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Cambodian PM and First Lady Embark on Official Visit to South Korea

Phnom Penh, 15 April 2024: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet will lead a high-level delegation on an official visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) from May 15 to 19, 2024, at the invitation of President Yoon Suk Yeol.

Accompanying the Prime Minister and First Lady Dr. Pich Chanmony will be Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chanthol, First Vice President of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, Deputy Prime Minister Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and other key ministers from the Royal Government. Representatives from the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce will also join the delegation.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Prime Minister Hun Manet will hold bilateral meetings with President Yoon Suk Yeol to discuss deepening partnerships and expanding multi-sectoral cooperation to elevate bilateral relations. The two leaders will preside over the signing of several agreements related to economic development and infrastructure.

During the visit, Prime Minister Hun Manet will also meet separately with Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and National Assembly President Kim Jin-pyo. Additionally, he will attend the Cambodia-Republic of Korea Business Forum, meet with major Korean companies, and engage with the Cambodian community in South Korea.

Cambodia and South Korea established diplomatic relations in 1970. However, the relationship was interrupted in 1975 when Cambodia fell under the Khmer Rouge regime. After the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, Cambodia began to stabilize and re-establish diplomatic ties with neighboring countries and international institutions, including the United Nations.

Diplomatic relations between Cambodia and South Korea were re-established in 1997, leading to the establishment of the South Korean Embassy in Cambodia in 1998 and the Cambodian Embassy in South Korea in 2001.

As of early January 2024, the trade volume between Cambodia and South Korea reached over $63 million. Cambodia's exports to South Korea primarily include agricultural products, garments, rubber, and electronic components, while South Korea exports automobiles, electronics, beverages, and medicines to Cambodia.

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