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German Government to Continue Supporting Cambodia's Progress and Development in Line with Pentagon-Phase I Strategy

Phnom Penh, July 3, 2024 – Stefan Messer, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Cambodia, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation with the Prime Minister. Over the past two years, diplomatic relations and cooperation between Germany and Cambodia have made significant progress. The German government will continue to support Cambodia's progress and development in alignment with the Royal Government's Pentagon-Phase I strategy.

The Ambassador reaffirmed Germany's commitment to promoting relations and cooperation in key areas. This includes contributing to Cambodia's economic development by encouraging German investors to invest more in Cambodia and promoting trade between the two countries. Additionally, Germany will continue to support development in health and education by providing high-level bachelor's scholarships to Cambodian students for continuing education in Germany.

The Ambassador also acknowledged the Prime Minister's recommendation regarding the opening of the German Honorary Consulate in Siem Reap and thanked the Cambodian Government for their swift response and support in this matter.

In response, the Prime Minister welcomed Ambassador Stefan Messer and his delegation, highlighting the importance of strengthening and expanding relations and cooperation between the two countries. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the German government for its significant contributions to Cambodia's socio-economic development and appreciated the Ambassador's commitment and vision in enhancing bilateral cooperation.

The Prime Minister welcomed the establishment of the German Honorary Consulate in Siem Reap, which will facilitate connections between the people of both countries, promote the tourism sector, and facilitate trade and investment.

Before concluding the meeting, the Prime Minister and the Ambassador discussed further cooperation in several areas, including a memorandum of understanding on the preservation of ancient temples, particularly Angkor Wat, and cooperation in mine clearance in Cambodia. The Prime Minister wished the Ambassador success in his diplomatic mission in Cambodia and expressed hope that the relations and cooperation between the two countries would continue to strengthen and expand.

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