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PHNOM PENH – Cambodia and Brunei have agreed to deepen ties and expand cooperation with a view to exporting rice from Cambodia to Brunei.
The countries signed a memorandum of understanding during a state visit by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. King Norodom Sihamoni hosted a welcoming ceremony for the Sultan at the Royal Palace.
The Sultan also held talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen during which two countries’ foreign ministers signed an MoU to establish a framework for broadening cooperation.
“Both sides also expressed their strong commitment to reinforce the ties of friendship and enhance bilateral cooperation in areas such as, defense and security, trade and investment, energy, education and human resource development, culture, tourism, ICT and public health,” a joint statement said on Nov. 14.
In the meeting at the Peace Palace, the Sultan asked the countries’ agriculture ministers to cooperate in agriculture and jasmine rice exports to Brunei.
The leaders agreed to consolidate defense and security cooperation through exchanges of information on terrorism and transnational crimes and senior level defense personnel.
Cambodia and Brunei also agreed to expand cooperation in the emerging areas such as green and digital economies.
They pledged to promote closer people-to-people contact through the enhancement of education and human resource development, tourism and cultural cooperation as well as air and maritime connectivity.
The Sultan concluded his visit and departed Cambodia on Nov. 14.