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Cambodian prime minister to strengthen historic relations with Cuba (+Photos)

Phnom Penh, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister Hun Manet confirmed Wednesday his willingness to strengthen the historic ties between Cambodia and Cuba and fulfill the agreements and consensus reached in 2022 with high-level visits.

Hun Manet made the statement when he met with Cuban Ambassador Liurka Rodríguez at the Peace Palace in this capital.

During the meeting, the head of Government and the diplomat reviewed the main milestones of bilateral relations, emphasizing the progress made in cooperation in health, sports, culture, education, and especially agriculture.

The prime minister also reiterated the Cambodian Government’s unwavering position against the economic, financial, and commercial blockade imposed by successive US administrations on Cuba for more than six decades and assured that this support would be maintained.

He also stated that Phnom Penh will continue to work to remove Cuba from the list of States sponsoring terrorism, which was unilaterally drawn up by the US Government itself.

Rodríguez, in turn, thanked Cambodia for the countless examples of solidarity and support it has offered to her country in defense of noble causes and reaffirmed the will to strengthen relations between two countries that are distant geographically but share common goals of peace and progress.

Cambodia and Cuba developed an intense bilateral agenda in 2022, including visits by their leaders and signing new cooperation agreements.

Former Prime Minister Hun Sen became the Kingdom’s first senior leader to travel to Havana since Cuba joined the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) two years ago.

During his stay in Cuba, accompanied by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, both leaders witnessed the signing of several agreements in health, sports, and international relations.

A few days later, Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero traveled to Phnom Penh, where he witnessed the signing of two memorandums of understanding: the former on a cultural exchange program and the latter for cooperation in physical education, culture, and sports.

Cambodia and Cuba established diplomatic relations on April 15, 1960. The two nations, members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), have developed bilateral talks at the highest level.

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