Cambodia-Czech Republic Defense Ties in Focus with Hun Sen’s Europe Tour

The security aspect of the relationship was in focus amid the premier’s visit.

Last week, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen paid a visit to the Czech Republic as part of a wider Europe tour. Though the visit itself had a wide-ranging focus, it also put the spotlight on the defense aspect of the bilateral relationship amid wider domestic and regional developments.

Cambodia and the Czech Republic have a defense relationship as part of their wider bilateral ties, first established back in 1956. Defense ties have included aspects such as exchanges, visits, as well as some defense equipment, with a case in point being the five Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros basic trainer/light attack jet aircraft delivered beginning in the mid-1990s to the the Royal Cambodian Air Force. In recent years, both sides have discussed ways to advance security collaboration still further, with areas including demining and airspace protection.

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