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11 Feb 2013

Lower houses of Belarus, Cambodia sign agreement on cooperation

MINSK, 11 February (BelTA) – During his official visit to Cambodia Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko held talks with Chairman of the National Assembly of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Cambodia Heng Samrin, BelTA learnt from the House of Representatives.

The parties signed an agreement on cooperation between the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus and the National Assembly of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Talking to the Cambodian media, Vladimir Andreichenko stated that the goal of the document is to give impetus to the work on expanding the legal framework of the bilateral relations.

Apart from that, while updating Cambodian reporters on the prospects for expanding trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, Vladimir Andreichenko stressed that Belarus counts on a significant increase in trade turnover as the two countries still have a huge untapped potential. The Chairman of the House of Representatives called upon Cambodian partners to develop cooperation with Belarus, first of all in industrial and agricultural projects.

Meeting with his Cambodian counterpart Vladimir Andreichenko stressed that Heng Samrin’s visit to Belarus in 2012 had laid a foundation for intensifying contacts between the two countries, had become a launching platform for concrete bilateral projects.

The Belarusian official took note of Cambodia’s role in establishing partnership between Belarus and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (IAPA). Vladimir Andreichenko also confirmed Belarus’ interest in expanding cooperation with this organization.

The Chairman of the House of Representatives supported regular meetings of groups of friendships and an exchange of visits to maintain momentum in the relations between the legislative bodies of the two countries.

According to Vladimir Andreichenko, Belarus views Cambodia as a promising partner in Southeast Asia and aims to develop relations, first of all, in trade, industry, agriculture, science, technology, education, and culture. The Speaker noted that Belarus is guided by long-term interests in cooperation with Cambodia and spoke for resuming training courses for Cambodian specialists.

As BelTA has earlier reported, a parliamentary delegation of Belarus led by Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko is in Cambodia on an official visit from 10-13 February. The delegation comprises representatives of state administration bodies and businessmen.


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