Cambodian FM meets EU official on issue of EBA trade preferences

Phnom Penh — Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on Thursday met here with Jean-Christophe Belliard, deputy secretary general at the European External Action Service, to discuss the issue of the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences, a Cambodian government spokesman said.

The European Union (EU) started in February the 18-month process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s duty-free trading access to the EU market under the EBA scheme due to concerns over human rights and labor rights.

During the meeting, Sokhonn thanked the EU for having supported Cambodia’s socio-economic development for more than 20 years and said that Cambodia would try its best to maintain the EBA, according to Cambodian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ket Sophann.

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