Japan-Cambodia Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On October 21, commencing at 1 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H. E. Mr. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kingdom of Cambodia. The overview of the talk is as follows.
1. At the outset, Minister Motegi expressed his appreciation once again for the reception during his visit to Cambodia in August, and told that he would like to further promote Japan-Cambodia relations under the Suga administration, which was inaugurated in September. Minister Motegi also extended words of condolence regarding the recent damage caused by heavy rains and flooding in Cambodia, and stated that Japan will consider providing any assistance that it can. In response, Minister Prak Sokhonn congratulated Minister Motegi’s reappointment and told that he is looking forward to working with Minister Motegi to promote bilateral relations. Minister Prak Sokhonn also appreciated Minister Motegi for his words of condolence regarding the damage caused by heavy rains and flooding.
2. Minister Motegi, while explaining the follow-up items of his visit to Cambodia in August, stated that Japan will provide 25 billion yen in yen loans, as emergency financial assistance, to support Cambodia, which has suffered from adverse economic impacts as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He also expressed Japan’s intention to provide assistance for improving environment in Cambodia’s urban areas, the measures against marine plastic litter, and counter-terrorism capacity building. In response, Minister Prak Sokhonn expressed his appreciation for Japan’s assistance and his intention to further promote bilateral coordination in the fight against COVID-19.
3. Both ministers shared the view to continue to coordinate closely in the effort for the achievement of “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and the United Nations reform, including that of the Security Council, which marks 75 anniversary since its establishment.