Saudi Arabia To Open Embassy in Cambodia Next Year 

PHNOM PENH – Saudi Arabia will officially establish its embassy in Cambodia four months from now. 

Mohammed Ismaeil A. Dahlwy, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia residing in Vietnam’s Hanoi, told Interior Minister Sar Sokha during a meeting on Nov. 15 in Phnom Penh that the country will establish a diplomatic representation in Phnom Penh in early 2024.

Through the interior ministries, they will sign a memorandum of understanding on the cooperation in law enforcement. 

Interior Ministry’s spokesperson Touch Sokhak said the ambassador requested the minister for a closer relationship between officials, information exchange, and coordination of both countries' cooperation, especially on the people-to-people exchange.

The ambassador said the government of Saudi Arabia shall open an embassy in Cambodia four months from now, and hoped that Cambodia will also open an embassy in Saudi Arabia. 

The interior minister considered the ambassador’s presence in Cambodia as a commitment to strengthen the cooperation between both countries, established in 2010. 

An Sokkhoeurn, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said both countries will cooperate in the preparation process to ease the opening of the embassy in Phnom Penh.

“The embassy establishment reflects on the importance of Cambodia to Saudi Arabia as the relationship between both countries – in bilateral and multilateral frameworks – is growing,” he said, adding that Saudi Arabia is also one of the countries Cambodia is paying attention to. 

The spokesperson said Cambodia will open embassies in other regions in an effort to strengthen the relationship and cooperation with old or new partners in bilateral and multilateral frameworks. 

Next year, Brazil and Egypt will also open embassies in Cambodia. In return, Cambodia will open an embassy in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia.

The Cambodian embassy to Egypt is located in Giza, Cairo. Currently, the Cambodian ambassador to Egypt is also in charge of missions for Saudi Arabia. 


Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this story was translated by Meng Seavmey for Cambodianess.  

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