Cambodia, Timor-Leste to Form Bilateral Military Cooperation

AKP Phnom Penh, July 07, 2020 —

The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste have agreed to have bilateral cooperation in the area of military, by exchanging visit of Commander in Chief between the two countries in the near future.

The agreement was made between H.E. Gen. Vong Pisen, Commander in Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and H.E. Ermenegildo Kupa Lopes, newly appointed Ambassador of Timor-Leste to Cambodia during their courtesy meeting here on July 6.

Both sides spoke highly of the long-standing relationship between the two countries and stressed the need to have cooperation between their armies, especially navy, to study maritime resources management.

H.E. Gen. Vong Pisen expressed warm welcome to H.E. Ermenegildo Kupa Lopes’ diplomatic mission in Cambodia and recalled the Kingdom’s support for Timor-Leste’s decision to declare independence, and for its candidacy as an ASEAN member. He hoped that in the future, the two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation in all areas, especially security.

For his part, H.E. Ambassador conveyed a cordial regard of Timor Leste Commander in Chief of Army F-FDTL Major General Lere Anan Timor to H.E. Gen. Vong Pisen. Besides, he highly appreciated the progress in all sectors as well as the high economic growth of the Kingdom under the leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

The meeting also touched upon the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a biggest global concern. In this regard, the two sides highly evaluated the achievement of each other’s country in combatting the COVID-19 spread, thanks to the proper leadership of their Heads of Government to introduce measures, along with the participation of government officials, the armed forces and citizens.

(Photo: Embassy of Timor-Leste)

By Phal Sophanith