Paris (FN), Jan. 18 – French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France pledged a package worth 200 million euros (approximately USD 217 million) to Cambodia for vocational training, energy and water treatment, speaking at a joint press conference with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet in Paris on Thursday (Jan. 18).

The French President viewed Samdech Thipadei's current visit as a chance to initiate new projects with French companies as Samdech Thipadei has actively met with key players, particularly in energy, transport, and infrastructure, signalling a commitment to fostering collaborations in vital sectors.

"We will address Samdech Thipadei's priorities by providing him with essential resources and skills, facilitated by the French Development Agency, which has committed 200 million euros this week for vocational training, energy, and clean water treatment," announced Emmanuel Macron. The president also commended Cambodia for its active role in supporting the United Nations' statement condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

On this occasion, the French president looked forward to the return of Samdech Thipadei to France to further enrich the shared history of the two nations, grounded in an unbreakable friendship between them.

It should be noted that Prime Minister Hun Manet is paying a two-day official visit to France on 18-19 January 2024 at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. The meeting between the two leaders offers an auspicious opportunity for both governments to reaffirm their collective commitment to elevating their traditional relations of excellent cordial friendship to a new height, charting a course of action to enhance and expand mutually beneficial cooperation within both bilateral and multilateral frameworks, and collaborating to tackle global challenge while upholding a rule-based international order.