International Affairs

NEW DELHI, JUNE 12, 2001


I am very happy to receive from His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk the Letter of Credence accrediting you as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Republic of India and would like to extend to you a very warm and cordial welcome to India. I reciprocate His Majesty’s kind sentiments and would like to extend my warmest regards and best wishes for His Majesty’s health and well-being, as well as for the continued prosperity and welfare of the friendly people of Cambodia. India and Cambodia share traditional and civilisational links, going way back into history and draw inspiration from shared values and strong cultural bonds. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom and other world-renowned historical monuments in Cambodia are a living testimony to this close affinity. Buddhism has been a major influence on the Indian and Cambodian culture and tradition over the centuries.

In India, there is much goodwill for Cambodia.I am happy to note that our bilateral relations have developed smoothly. I am confident that these friendly and cordial ties will be further nurtured during your tenure. Indo-Cambodian economic cooperation has been guided by the spirit of South-South cooperation. Both our countries can work together to mobilise closer economic interaction among the countries of the South in order to promote more equitable global development.India has been extending assistance to Cambodia in the form of technical experts and training facilities. We are prepared to place at Cambodia’s disposal our expertise and experience in relevant areas including human resource development. The spirit of South-South cooperation would continue to inspire our bilateral relationsI am encouraged to note that India and Cambodia have been among the first to reach out to each other with emergency assistance during natural calamities, such as the Mekong River floods of September 2000 and the Gujarat earthquake of January 2001.Bilateral trade between India and Cambodia has increased steadily during the last few years. However, there is a lot of potential for expansion of our economic and commercial relations.

Close personal interactions at high levels are an important way to strengthen relations between nations and we remember with special fondness the visit last year of His Excellency Prime Minister Hun Sen when a Joint Commission on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation was established. I am pleased that our Vice-President, Shri Krishan Kant was able to visit Cambodia earlier this week and hold very useful discussions with your leaders.

Excellency, I appreciate the commitment you have expressed towards strengthening friendship and cooperation between our two countries. I have no doubt that, with your experience, you will be able to contribute significantly towards enhancing the multi-faceted cooperation between India and Cambodia. In welcoming you to India, I would like to assure you that you will receive the fullest cooperation of my Government in the fulfilment of your mission to further deepen and diversify the friendly ties existing between our two countries. I wish you a successful tenure of office and a pleasant and comfortable stay in India.

Thank you

Jai Hind