India Supports Supreme Consultation and Recommendation Council

India has voiced its support to the establishment of the Supreme Consultation and Recommendation Council initiated by the Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

H.E. Ket Sophann, Spokesperson of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC), told this to reporters after the bilateral meeting here this morning between Senior Minister and Minister of MFA-IC H.E. Prak Sokhonn and his visiting Indian counterpart H.E. Ms. Sushma Swaraj.

According to the spokesperson, H.E. Ms. Sushma Swaraj lauded the idea, stressing that it allows the losing political parties to contribute to the government's work and reflects the strong democracy and good political situation in Cambodia.

Besides, the Indian foreign minister spoke highly of the successful process of the recent National Election and congratulated Samdech Techo Hun Sen on his party victory.

For his part, H.E. Prak Sokhonn briefed his guest on recent political developments in the country, especially the release of political prisoners which shows the national reconciliation spirit of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

He also thanked the Indian side for its assistance for the development of Cambodia and expressed his sincere condolences to the Government and people of India over the loss of lives due to flood and the passing away of a former Indian prime minister.

Following the bilateral meeting, both H.E. Prak Sokhonn and H.E. Ms. Sushma Swaraj witnessed the signing ceremony of MoU between the National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (NIDIR) of MFA-IC and Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of Ministry of External Affairs of India, and the Agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of the Republic of India on Conservation/Restoration of Preah Preah Vihear Temple in Choam Ksan district, Preah Vihear province.

The Indian top diplomat has been on a three-day visit in Cambodia, from Aug. 28 to 30 at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart.

This afternoon, H.E. Ms. Sushma Swaraj also paid a courtesy call on Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

SCRC was initiated on Aug. 21 during the National Consultation Forum between the Royal Government led by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and leaders of 16 out of the 20 political parties contesting in the recent general elections.

Source; Agency Kampuchea Press

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