Sokhonn co-chairs MGC summit | Phnom Penh Post
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn will co-chair the 11th Ministerial Meeting of Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (CMG) with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyan Jaishankar.
The meeting will be held on July 21 via video conference and will bring together other foreign ministers from the Mekong countries, including Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
In a July 19 press release, the ministry said the foreign ministers present would review the progress made in cooperation efforts since their 10th meeting in Bangkok on August 1, 2019 and set its future direction with the aim of strengthening and to expand efforts. against Covid-19.
He said ministers should also exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern.
“The virtual meeting represents another achievement of MGC over the past 21 years in achieving economic growth and social development in the Mekong sub-region and in India, while strengthening cooperation between India and Mekong country through culture and people-to-people ties, ”the ministry said.
To mark the 20th anniversary, there will be the launch of a brand new MGC website and the presentation of a video documentary showcasing the achievements of the association and the diverse cultures and societies of the member countries.
Kin Phea, director of the Institute of International Relations at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, told The Post on July 19 that the Mekong River and ASEAN diplomatic mechanisms with India could help Cambodia-India bilateral cooperation. and diversify the diplomatic reach of the Kingdom.
“We hope that through this meeting, we will have another important diplomatic door for the strengthening of bilateral relations with India. India has had good relations with Cambodia since the Cold War, when India was also a founding country of the non-aligned movement, ”he said.
He added that trade between Cambodia and India and the possibility of Indian investment in Cambodia should be encouraged. He noted that India is currently excelling in the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.
“India could help by providing more scholarships to Cambodian students to help human resource development in the country,” Phea said.