Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 16 – Chief of staff of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force general Yoshida Yoshihide said that without Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen, Cambodia would not have peace.

Yoshida Yoshihide spoke in a courtesy call on the premier, held on Thursday morning (Feb. 16) at the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh.

Yoshida Yoshihide expressed his respect to the premier for bringing peace, stability, and rapid development to Cambodia by win-win policy.

The visiting general continued that without Samdech, there would be no peace.

Pledging to expand and strengthen the cooperation with the Cambodian Armed Forces to become a comprehensive strategic partnership in all aspects, in order to serve both humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, general Yoshida requested support from Samdech.

For his part, the premier thanked Yoshida for his commendation and also briefed the peace-seeking process in the kingdom.

Samdech recalled that it was a very difficult time, Cambodia had suffered so much. On the other hand, Cambodia experienced the massacre of more than three million people. As a young man, Samdech had no choice, yet he joined the armed forces, negotiated, and risked his life for peace.

“Peace brings everything. No peace, there will be no respect for human rights and democracy,” the premier underscored.

Lastly, Samdech Techo thanked the people and government of Japan for assisting Cambodia in the negotiation and peace-seeking process as well as always assisting Cambodia's development.

Samdech encouraged the two armies to cooperate in a comprehensive strategic partnership to contribute to maintaining regional and global peace.