Cambodian and Russian leaders have exchanged their warmest congratulations on the joyous occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Russian Federation (May 13, 1956 – May 13, 2021).

“Cambodia and Russia have enjoyed a long-lasting most cordial traditional friendship and excellent cooperation in wide-ranging fields anchored by mutual political trust and support, shared values and mutual interests. It is my earnest wish that the excellent and rich cooperation which so happily exist between our two countries, will be further developed for the mutual benefits of our two peoples and in the interest of peace and progress in the world,” wrote His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, in a recent royal message to H.E. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation.

In reply, the Russian President said in the past decades Russia and Cambodia have accumulated a significant experience of constructive cooperation in various fields. “I am convinced that guided by these good traditions we will ensure further development of the whole complex of the bilateral relations. Undoubtedly, this approach meets the interests of the peoples of Russia and Cambodia and is in line with the strengthening of security and stability in the Asia Pacific region,” he underlined.

In his congratulatory message to H.E. Ms. Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, President of the Senate of Cambodia, expressed his satisfaction and appreciation for further progress of good friendship ties and cooperation between the two nations that have been constantly strengthened day by bay through exchange of visits between high dignitaries of the two countries and the continued progress in many areas, as well as for the relations and cooperation between the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia which have been enhanced significantly, particularly through the signing of the Agreement on “Enhancing Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation”, the establishment of the bilateral parliamentary friendship group, exchange of visits and mutual supports on multilateral forums under inter-parliamentary frameworks.

H.E. Ms. Valentina Matvienko shared the same ideas as Samdech Say Chhum over the good relations and cooperation between Russia and Cambodia, stressing that the dialogue between the legislative bodies of the two countries is an important component of modern relations between Russia and Cambodia. “In this regard, I would like to confirm the readiness to develop cooperation in the spirit of the Agreement between the Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on announcing inter-parliamentary cooperation,” she said.

For his part, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, reaffirmed that the Royal Government and the Cambodian people could never forget and they most highly value the invaluable help and assistance rendered by the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics after the liberation of Cambodia from the genocide regime of Pol Pot. “I am personally convinced that, together with Your Excellency, we shall succeed to build new avenues to elevate our partnership for peace and prosperity to a new height for the mutual benefits of our two countries and peoples,” he said.

H.E. Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation underlined that Russia and Cambodia are bound by relations of friendship and partnership, and he was convinced that the vigorous work at the governmental level would contribute to further strengthening of trade and economic, scientific and technological, cultural and humanitarian cooperation, implementation of promising joint projects in various fields. This approach fully serves the interests of the two countries.

Moreover, Cambodian and Russian top diplomats also exchanged their congratulatory messages.

“In the sixty five years that bind our two countries since the era of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Cambodia has always attached great and particular importance to strengthening and deepening the bonds of friendship and close cooperation in numerous spheres to Russia, as evidenced by the show of mutual political trust and support, shared values and mutual interests. As we celebrate this momentous jubilee, I firmly believe that, together, we would be able to elevate our relations to a new height for the mutual benefits of our two Peoples,” H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wrote in his message to his Russian counterpart H.E. Sergey Lavrov.

“The past years have laid down a solid foundation of close friendship and mutual understanding, enabling to ensure the steady advancement of multifaceted Russian-Cambodian cooperation. We highly value an attained level of coordination of efforts of the foreign ministries of our two countries in the international and regional affairs. We are intended to further intensify interactions with Cambodia in various fields in the interest of maintaining security and stability in the Asia Pacific region and the world in general,” said Russian Foreign Minister H.E. Sergey Lavrov.

To commemorate this auspicious event, Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Phnom Penh have planned many activities, but due to the COVID-19 threat, some activities have been cancelled or postponed. Anyway, an online photo exhibition was launched this morning. It depicts key historical events in the relations between the two countries in the past 65 years.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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