Sunday, October 08, 2023

Plans underway for direct flights between India, Cambodia ‘soon’

Indian ambassador Devyani Khobragade has confirmed that direct flights between her country and Cambodia will commence shortly and stated that both nations are keen to enhance trade and tourism ties.

During an October 5 meeting with Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth, Khobragade highlighted the longstanding and robust diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries.

She said that the Indian government is keen to intensify cooperation in any of the sectors prioritised by Cambodia. Key among these is augmenting commercial mechanisms and investments using trade preferences under a trade agreement that is currently in final negotiations, as per a ministry press release.

“To foster closer ties between our peoples and enhance digital connectivity, the Indian government is planning to introduce direct flights between India and Cambodia soon,” she said.

Pornmoniroth expressed his appreciation for the continuous support of the Indian government, particularly in bilateral trade, which benefits both nations. He expressed his endorsement for direct aviation links, noting their potential to strengthen people-to-people and tourism links between the two countries.

Cambodian ambassador to India Koy Kuong told the Indian news agency ANI in late August that the diplomatic relations between the countries have scaled “remarkable heights in the present era”, marking 70 years of friendship.

Kuong highlighted Cambodia’s fruitful cooperation with the India, both regionally, as a dialogue partner of ASEAN, and internationally, with mutual support consistently on the agenda.

08/10/2023 May Kunmakara/Phnom Penh Post

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