A fact-finding team from the European Commission and the European External Action Service begins week-long talks in Cambodia on Monday regarding the bloc’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation hosted a preparatory meeting with a European fact-finding mission and representatives from various ministries on Tuesday after welcoming the delegation on Monday.
A high-ranking government official reiterated on Thursday that EU demands regarding Cambodia keeping its access to the bloc’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement must not cross the “red line” of sovereignty and independence.
Some 2,000 Chinese envoys, led by China’s Culture and Tourism deputy minister, have been in Cambodia since Sunday. Their visit is part of the “China-Cambodia Culture and Tourism Year” celebration. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn said that relations and mutual political trust between Cambodia and China are now stronger than ever due to frequent high-level exchanges between the two countries’ senior officials.
The UN working group on Arbitrary Detention on Monday described the deprivation of liberty of two former Radio Free Asia journalists as being arbitrary and called on the government to drop charges against them.
The World Bank will provide about $60 million in continued funding for the third phase of a project by the Agriculture Ministry to improve poor farmers’ livelihoods, a representative said.
Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe on Sunday dismissed a US Department of Defence report that China is establishing a military presence in Cambodia.
Vietnam and Cambodia government joined the chorus of criticism against comments made by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who recently accused Vietnamese troops of invading Cambodia to topple the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979. Defence Minister General Tea Banh and a CPP lawmaker have lashed out at Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for accusing Vietnamese troops of invading Cambodia to topple the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.
HUN Many, a National Assembly member for Kampong Speu province, said he was “beyond surprised” at recent remarks by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong regarding the Vietnamese presence in Cambodia following the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979.http://bit.ly/2QSsax2; http://bit.ly/2wGndOH; https://bit.ly/31e4HeA; http://bit.ly/2I1B4p4;