Minister, S Korean Official Meet Over Aid, University

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong met with South Korea’s dep­uty minister for political affairs Wednesday to offer his gratitude for a $35 mil­lion university that South Korea has pledged to build in Cambodia, an of­ficial said.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said Mr. Namhong met with Kim Hong-kyun at the ministry in Phnom Penh to thank him for South Korea’s continuing aid to Cambodia—a combined $43 million in 2014 and 2015—and to remind him of South Korea’s agreement to build a university named after Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“His Ex­cellency Deputy Prime Minister [Mr. Namhong] reminded the Korean side about the request made by Cambodia for the Korean side to help and support in building the Hun Sen Saemaul Undong University, costing a total of $35 million,” Mr. Sounry told reporters after the meeting.

Mr. Kim confirmed that funding for the university would go ahead and that officials from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) would visit Cambodia next month to begin planning the construction of the university, the spokesman said, adding that he did not know where the school would be built.

“[Koica] will prepare the master plan for this project, and this November, Koica will visit Cambodia again to speak with experts about the master plan,” he said.

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