Prime Minister Hun Sen has written a formal letter of appreciation to the Japanese premier congratulating the two nations for 70 years of fruitful diplomatic relations.
“I am sincerely delighted that our bilateral relations have reached a new milestone, as evidenced by the recent elevation from a strategic partnership to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Hun Sen said.
He remarked that during the last 70 years, Cambodian and Japan have forged strong ties, despite “great uncertainties and major challenges faced by our region and the world recently”.
The Cambodian premier added that Cambodia has always valued Japan’s “crucial contribution and continual support” to the Kingdom’s peacebuilding and socio-economic development.
Cambodia has also enjoyed numerous visits from high-ranking Japanese officials over the years, further strengthening ties.
Last year marked the 30th anniversary of Japan Self-Defence Force’s first United Peace-keeping Operation overseas mission in Cambodia. The two nations have agreed to further promote bilateral security and defence cooperation through active exchanges and programmes.
This includes two visits of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Forces’ vessel to Cambodia in March and November 2022.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Japan-AEAN friendship.
In the first 10 months of 2022, Cambodia exported $1,658 million products to Japan - mostly sewing supplies, leather goods, bags and footwear - representing a 10.7 percent year on year increase.