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Cambodia, Serbia re-bridge ties after over 4-decade hiatus

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) — Cambodia and Serbia on Tuesday announced to re-bridge bilateral relations and cooperation and pledged to give mutual support on international arenas.

Speaking in a joint press briefing after meeting with visiting Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic, Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, minister of foreign affairs, said this was the first visit of the Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to Cambodia after the visit of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, to Cambodia in 1968 during the reign of former King Norodom Sihanouk.

“The visit is to re-bridge and revive the historical friendship relations between Cambodia and Serbia,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hor Namhong said that Cambodia extended its support to Serbia against the state secession regime in the province of Kosovo.

“Cambodia has a principle policy not to recognize and not to encourage state secession,” he said.

Vuk Jeremic expressed grateful thanks to Cambodia for principle support against the secession regime in the province of Kosovo.

“By not recognizing the secession in Kosovo, Serbia and Cambodia are making contribution to the world peace and stability,” he said.

In return, Vuk Jeremic said Serbia would fully support Cambodia’ s candidacy for the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the 2013-2014 mandate.

Besides pledging to support each other on all matters internationally, the two ministers also promised to strengthen bilateral cooperation on economic, trade, agriculture, education, tourism and national defense.

Vuk Jeremic said Serbia would provide scholarships to Cambodian civilians and military officers to study in Serbia from next year.

Vuk Jeremic arrived in Cambodia on Tuesday for a two-day visit. He is also scheduled to meet with Cambodia’s Minister of Defense Tea Banh for military cooperation.

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