Phnom Penh (FN), May 23 – Cambodian Foreign Minister Sok Chenda Sophea will pay visits to the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Türkiye from 24-29 May 2024, at the respective invitations of Wang Yi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, and Hakan Fidan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye.

Following his visit to Türkiye, Minister Sok Chenda Sophea will participate in the 4th Meeting of French-Speaking Entrepreneurs (REF) which will be held from 30-31 May 2024 in Marrakech, Morocco, at the invitations of Chakib ALJ, President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) and Geoffroy Roux De Bezieux, President of the Alliance of French-Speaking Employers.

"In China from 24-25 May, Minister Sok Chenda Sophea and Wang Yi will hold a bilateral meeting to discuss the way forward in order to further strengthen the Diamond Cooperation, foster the existing ironclad friendship, and advance the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Cooperation between the two countries as 2024 marks the celebration of the Year of People-to- People Exchange. Sok Chenda Sophea is scheduled to call-on Han Zheng, Vice President of the People's Republic of China ath with Zhang Jianhua, member of the CPC leadership group of the National Development and Reform Commission and Chairman of the National Energy Administration. The minister is also expected to have a meeting with Cambodian students studying in Beijing and Tianjin," according to the press release seen by Fresh News on Wednesday (May 22).

"In Turkiye on 27 May, Minister Sok Chenda Sophea will participate in a business luncheon, where he will discuss the potential for increased economic and investment cooperation between Cambodia and Türkiye. On 28 May, Minister Sok Chenda Sophea will pay courtesy calls on and hold separate meetings with Turkish dignitaries from both the executive and legislative branches. On 29 May, the minister and his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, will hold a bilateral meeting. The two foreign ministers will explore new avenues to strengthen the existing mechanism across-the-board and identify potential areas for future cooperation. They will also exchange views on current regional and international developments. Additionally, a number of cooperation documents are expected to be signed during the meetings, further strengthening the ties between the two nations.

During his stay in Türkiye, the minster will also meet with the Cambodian community and students. As Cambodia and Türkiye commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations in 2024, this visit will be a clear testimony of the robust and cordial bonds of friendship, further elevating the flourishing relations between both countries.

In Morocco from 30-31 May, the foreign minister will deliver his intervention during the opening plenary session of the 4th Meeting of French-Speaking Entrepreneurs (REF) under the theme: "Strengthening the competitiveness and resilience of French-speaking businesses: What support is expected from Governments?", in the presence of prominent figures from the public and private sectors.

Minister Sok Chenda Sophea will have a meeting with Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF), to discuss strengthening the collaboration between Cambodia and OIF, most importantly, Cambodia's candidacy to host the 20th Summit of Francophonie in 2026."