26 May 2012
The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of the Republic of Guinea reached here yesterday afternoon a friendship and cooperation framework agreement.
The agreement was inked by H.E. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, and H.E. Koutoubou Moustapha Sano, Minister of International Cooperation of Guinea under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia and visiting H.E. Alpha Condé, President of Guinea.
During the bilateral talk with Samdech Techo Hun Sen, H.E. Alpha Condé expressed his sadness to what happened in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime and also congratulated the Kingdom on its fast development under the leadership of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, H.E. Ieng Sophalet, Assistant to the Cambodian premier told reporters.
Cambodia and Guinea reached an agricultural cooperation agreement in 2008, but it was interrupted due to the Guinean side, said H.E. Alpha Condé, adding that his visit to Cambodia is to resume and expand the agricultural cooperation with Cambodia.
Guinea further requested the Cambodian side to send its agricultural experts to Guinea and the country will buy some 40,000 tons of Cambodian milled rice in the near future, the assistant said.
For his part, Samdech Techo Hun Sen informed his guest of the royal government’s policy in developing the country including the reduction of poverty rate of over 1 percent a year and the ensuring of the economic growth of around 7 percent annually, H.E. Ieng Sophalet said.
The Cambodian prime minister accepted the Guinean side’s request to send agricultural experts to Guinea, and suggested the Guinean side to cooperate with the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Commerce, and Cambodian rice miller associations regarding the rice buying plan.
Cambodia is committed to do its best to help Guinea, stressed Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
H.E. Alpha Condé and his entourage arrived here on May 24 at 9:00 pm for a working visit until May 26. He was welcomed at Phnom Penh International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace H.E. Kong Sam Ol, Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith and many other senior officials.
The Republic of Guinea is a country in West Africa with 246,000 square kilometers and a population of more than 10 millions.