Hor Namhong Wants Water Institute Built Locally

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong on Thursday requested that China construct its planned regional water resources institute in Cambodia, during a meeting with China’s special rapporteur in charge of Asia affairs, a spokesman said.

Chum Sounry, spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, told reporters after Mr. Namhong’s meeting with Sun Guoxiang in Phnom Penh that the minister had noted the location of the center would be addressed during a water resources meeting between China and the Mekong countries set to be held in Thailand on Friday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong, right, meets with Sun Guoxiang, China's special rapporteur in charge of Asian affairs, in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong, right, meets with Sun Guoxiang, China’s special rapporteur in charge of Asian affairs, in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“Creating the headquarters in Cambodia will allow Cambodia to benefit more from cooperation between the Mekong countries and China,” Mr. Sounry recounted of Mr. Namhong’s message.

“The deputy prime minister has advised Cambodia’s delegates attending the meeting to raise the proposal to create the Lancang Mekong River Water Resources Center in Cambodia.”

According to Mr. Sounry, Mr. Sun said he would pass on the request.

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