Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told Kyodo News that he regards Japan as a model for his country with respect to strengthening democracy and national development.
In an exclusive interview with Kyodo News on Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said, “Japan is a model of democracy that we should learn from and the only suitable country that we could learn from.”
“I always look at a number of developed countries in the region and those around the globe so that I can learn from them the political and economic aspects. Japan, in particular, always retains a strong economy and political stability and is a model of real democracy,” he said.
Prime Minister continued that Cambodia is willing to promote the Cambodia-Japan relationship to “Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership”, an equivalent to a relationship with the Cambodia-China that was set up in 2010.
In 2013, Cambodia and Japan entered a “strategic partnership” and that this year marks the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Cambodia.
In the interview, the Strongman of Cambodia highly appreciated Japan for their kind assistance. “Cambodia profoundly thanks Japan for the major contributions to Cambodia’s peace and for the technical aids, grant aids, and concessional loans to rehabilitate and develop Cambodian socioeconomics, including infrastructure, health, education, and human resource building,” he said.
During his five-day stay in Japan, Prime Minister Hun Sen held a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at which the two discussed on economic, political, and social issues, focusing on strengthening the two countries’ relations, promoting trade, investment, and tourism. Both also underlined the importance of promoting cooperation in the context of a strong “multilateralism” framework in order to promote peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world.