Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - India’s speaker of parliament plans April visit to deepen ties

India’s speaker of parliament plans April visit to deepen ties

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Om Birla, speaker of India’s Lok Sabha, after attending the parliament session in New Delhi in June 2019. AFP

India’s speaker of parliament plans April visit to deepen ties

A high-level delegation from India led by Om Birla – the speaker of Lok Sabha, the Lower House of India’s bicameral parliament – is due to pay a four-day visit to Cambodia from April 21- 24 to enhance relations and cooperation between the two country across all sectors.

According to a press release on the outcome of the April 12 meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee, Birla’s delegation will include other members of India’s parliament and their visit comes at the invitation of National Assembly (NA) president Heng Samrin to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“The purpose of this visit is to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and India and to strengthen and develop the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two countries in both the legislative and executive branches in a more comprehensive way,” the press release said.

NA spokesman Leng Peng Long said at a press conference after the meeting that he had briefed the NA Standing Committee regarding preparations for the visit.

“India is a long-time friend of Cambodia – in part because India recognised the Kingdom of Cambodia as an independent country even before we had gained our official independence from France in 1952-53,” he said.

He added that their two countries have never had any serious conflicts or disagreements but during the Pol Pot-era from 1975-1979, India severed relations with Cambodia to protest that regime’s brutality, but they immediately renewed diplomatic ties once the Khmer Rouge were driven from power.

Peng Long went on to say that India has long established friendly relations and extensive cooperation across many sectors of Cambodian society.

“Another main goal is that India would like to invite King Sihamoni to visit their country this year – preferably as soon as possible – as a means of advancing our positive relationship even further,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Bosba: The first Khmer woman composer from UK’s Cambridge

    Bosba Panh is just 25 years old, but she’s already accomplished some impressive milestones for herself and the Kingdom. On July 24, she graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge as the first Khmer woman composer and Khmer music graduate ever at

  • ‘Golden’ Angkor Wat likely due to natural phenomenon: ANA

    Pictures and video clips of the Angkor Wat temple, its spires seemingly coated in gold, have been shared tens of thousands of times on social media, prompting a sense of wonder among those who have seen them. Hong Sam Ath, who took the pictures and

  • Pailin longan winery tries to break through to the big time

    Longan aren’t quite as glamorous as some fruits. They don’t have the star-power of mangos or generate the excitement of a pricey seasonal niche fruit like the pungent durian. Unlike bananas or oranges, which are known and loved everywhere, longan remains a decidedly

  • Debt restructuring over, time to tackle rising NPL ratio

    The Cambodian banking system has just completed a 26-month debt restructuring exercise where scores of loan accounts were revised, classified and provisioned as the rate of non-performing loans inched up, sparking a slight credit risk unease Implemented in April 2020, the Covid-19 debt restructuring measures came

  • Koh Slaket studio resort brings culture with style

    Davitra (Cambodia) Co Ltd’s multi-million-dollar 13ha Koh Slaket studio-cum-resort just east of the capital was inaugurated in the first phase on August 6, providing national and international tourists with a new travel option and job opportunities for locals. The man-made cultural and scenic lakefront getaway