Cambodia, India Sign Agreement on US$1.5 Million Grant Assistance for Demining Equipment

AKP Phnom Penh, August 10, 2020 —

The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of India have reached an agreement on the provision of US$1.5 million grant assistance for procurement of demining equipment.

H.E. Gen. Neang Phat, Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence and Ms. Manika Jain, Indian Ambassador to Cambodia signed the agreement at the Friendship Building here this morning, under the witness of Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defence.

Speaking on the occasion, Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh thanked the Indian government for the assistance, while H.E. Ms, Manika Jain stated that defence cooperation between both countries is strengthening and efforts are underway to enhance the scope and intensity of engagements in the future.

According to a press release, assistance in demining continues to be key cooperation area between the two countries. It may be recalled that India had provided 15 mine detection dogs to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) in December 2016. The present grant assistance of US$1.5 million from the Government of India is likely to considerably boost the RCAF’s demining capabilities.

Bilateral defence cooperation between Cambodia and India are deepening in recent times. During the visit of Defence Minister of India to the Kingdom of Cambodia in June 2018, several new initiatives to enhance defence cooperation were initiated, said the same source, adding that the bilateral defence engagements include training of personnel, exchange of experts, cooperation in UN Peacekeeping operations, exchange of experts/assistance in demining operations and regular ship visits.

(Photo: Khem Sovannara)

By C. Nika