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Cambodian King On State Visit To India

Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh welcomed the Cambodian King at the Air Force Station, Palam.

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni
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Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on Monday arrived here on a maiden state visit, a trip that would mark culmination of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations with India. 

Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh welcomed the Cambodian King at the Air Force Station, Palam.

The Cambodian King is accompanied by a 27-member high-level delegation, including the minister of the royal palace, minister of foreign affairs and other senior officials.

The state visit marks the culmination of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Cambodia, which were established in 1952, the MEA had said in a statement.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the visit of the Cambodian King was an opportunity to further deepen the civilisational relations between India and Cambodia.

This visit by the Cambodia King is taking place after almost six decades, with the last being that of the current King’s father in 1963.

The King will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday and President Droupadi Murmu will host a state banquet in his honour the same evening. He will also have bilateral meetings with the president and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will call on the Cambodian king. 

India and Cambodia enjoy warm and friendly relations marked by civilisational, cultural and economic linkages and deep-rooted people-to-people ties, the MEA statement said.

The multi-faceted relationship is based on shared cultural values, commitment to foster economic growth, collaboration in the fields of defence and security and convergence on regional and global issues, the statement said.

India actively assists Cambodia in capacity building and human resource development through training slots under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme and scholarships under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. India has also extended grants and concessional loans for developmental projects.

Conservation and restoration of ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Preah Vihar are also being carried out under the Indian government funding.

India has extended a grant of USD 1.5 million (one million = Rs 10 lakh) for purchase of de-mining equipment and offered a line of credit worth USD 50 million for procurement of defence equipment from it, the MEA said.

Trade between the two countries for FY 2023-23 stood at USD 366 million and is growing. Indian investments in Cambodia are estimated around USD 115 million primarily in pharmaceuticals, automobiles and mining.

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