Hun Sen announces 10 scholarships for Myanmar students

Prime minister says Cambodia and Myanmar should commemorate 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year and strengthen tourism cooperation.


Phnom Penh, Cambodia--Prime Minister Hun Sen met Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Phnom Penh Tuesday and announced 10 Cambodian scholarships for students from the country.


In a Facebook post, Hun Sen said his talks with Suu Kyi covered cooperation in the fields of economics, education, tourism and religious affairs.


Myanmar’s de facto leader said she was seeking more proactive ties with Cambodia, especially in terms of culture, religion, education and economics.


“Our countries should solemnly celebrate the 65th anniversary of our diplomatic ties in 2020 and promote tourism cooperation between our two countries, especially between Angkor and Bagan,” he said.


Hun Sen asked for a review of double-taxation issues and called for an expansion of two-way trade from the current value of $10 million.


The prime minister also urged Myanmar to implement an agreement on education cooperation for 2017-2021, signed by Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong during a visit to the country in 2017.


Hun Sen said Cambodia would provide 10 scholarships to Myanmar students in 2019-2020, calling for increased educational exchanges with government support.


The prime minister meanwhile expressed thanks for letting Cambodia build a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar and providing scholarships to Cambodian students of Buddhism. So far 94 monks have graduated from Myanmar and four are continuing their studies in the country.


During her three-day visit starting Monday, Suu Kyi was scheduled to pay courtesy calls on King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath. She is expected to conclude her trip with a visit to the Angkor temples.

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