Phnom Penh (FN), April 30 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation, speaking in a meeting on Tuesday at the Peace Palace Phnom Penh.

Aung San Suu Kyi informed the Premier that the three-day visit to Cambodia is her first official visit since she took office as head of government in 2016, and that her visit aims to promote bilateral tie with Cambodia, Eang Sophalleth, personal secretary to the Premier, told the press after the meeting.

Sophalleth said both sides discussed mainly on culture, religion, education, and economy.

Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi and commended her initiative to strengthen Cambodia-Myanmar bilateral ties.

2020 will mark the the 65th anniversary of the Cambodia-Myanmar diplomatic relations. Prime Minister recommended the joint ceremony to encourage and promote tourism in both countries by hosting cultural events in Siem Reap and Bakan – provinces enriched with heritages.

Regarding religion, the Premier thanked Myanmar for allowing Cambodia to build a monastery in the province of Myanmar, and for providing training to 94 Cambodian monks. Currently, four are still studying there.

Prime Minister encouraged the exchange study between Cambodian and Myanmar students. He announced to award 10 scholarships Myanmar students to study in Cambodia for 2019-2020.

Regarding economy, Prime Minister Hun Sen considered agreement on double tax avoidance and promotion of trade volume to be larger than USD 10 million.

Myanmar and Cambodia established diplomatic relations in 1955.