Cambodian FM Praises China For Aiding ASEAN In Battle Against COVID-19

Cambodian FM praises China for aiding ASEAN in battle against COVID-19

PHNOM PENH, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Jun, 2021 ) :Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn has praised China for helping the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the world to fight against the COVID-19, said a foreign ministry's statement released on Wednesday.

The statement was released after Sokhonn concluded his working visit to southwest China's Chongqing, where he took part in the Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the sixth Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers' Meeting on June 7-8 respectively.

"His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister expressed appreciation for China's goodwill in supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and in ASEAN region through the provision of vaccines and medical supplies," the statement said, citing his remarks delivered at the Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

He underlined the importance of ensuring uninterrupted flow of trade, investment and greater market access facilitation, the statement said, adding that on regional integration, he called for greater efforts to enhance connectivity and stressed the necessity to translate the ASEAN-China joint statement on synergizing the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and the Belt and Road Initiative into concrete action.

According to the statement, Sokhonn also highlighted the tremendous achievements that could be achieved under the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership in a wide range of areas, from political-security cooperation to trade and investment and people-to-people exchanges.

"In recognizing the growing significance of ASEAN-China dialogue relations over the last 30 years, he reaffirmed Cambodia's full support for the elevation of ASEAN-China relations to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership," it said.