India, Cambodia ink two pacts to boost bilateral cooperation in tourism, healthcare and agriculture

Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Sept.16 (ANI): India and Cambodia on Wednesday inked two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to boost bilateral cooperation in tourism, healthcare, agriculture and women empowerment (through information and communication technology) under the Quick Impact Projects Initiative.

The agreements were signed at the Peace Palace in the presence of Indian Vice President M.Hamid Ansari and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Aka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

Earlier today, Vice President Ansari received a ceremonial reception at the Peace Palace.

Ansari and Hun Sen also held bilateral talks on issues of mutual interest to India and Cambodia.

Addressing the Cambodian Council of Ministers later in the day along with Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, Vice President Ansari said, “We have enhanced our cooperation with Cambodia under the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Initiative”.

“In the meeting today with Prime Minister Hun Sen, I have conveyed the decision of the Government of India to support several projects under Mekong-Ganga Cooperation programme targeting the health sector, agriculture and women’s empowerment. We hope that these projects would benefit local communities, and contribute to improvement of public welfare,” he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Sok An said the people of Cambodia can visit the various Buddhist sites in India.

Vice President Ansari will also visit the famous Angkor Wat Temple tomorrow.

Ansari said, “The temples of Angkor are a reflection of our shared cultural heritage. We are very proud of our association in the restoration of the historical heritage of Angkor Wat temple complex as well as other sites. We have recently completed a major restoration project at Ta Prohm Temples and look forward to starting a new phase of restoration there soon.”

By Ravi Khandelwal (ANI)

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