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Cambodia, Indonesia pledge to boost cooperation on trade, investment, tourism

PHNOM PENH, March 5 (Xinhua) — Cambodia and Indonesia vowed on Monday to boost bilateral ties in the fields of trade, investment and tourism.

The commitment was made during a meeting between Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. “We agreed to step up and deepen the state of our bilateral relations,”Marty told a joint press briefing after the meeting.

He pledged to encourage Indonesian companies to invest in Cambodia in such sectors as agro-industry, high-tech rice mills and telecommunication.

The two sides also talked about the plan to start direct flights between Indonesia and Cambodia, especially direct flights between Indonesia’s Central Java province and Cambodia’s Siem Reap-Angkor province to boost tourism, Hor Namhong said.

According to figures of the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia, bilateral trade between Cambodia and Indonesia stood at 180 million U.S. dollars in 2010, however, Cambodia’s export turnover to Indonesia was only 4 million U.S. dollars.

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