German president aims to boost ties with Cambodia despite concerns

‘We don’t always have to agree on everything, but we can expand our appreciative and sincere dialogue’, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. Under Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s freedom of opinion, assembly and association are restricted, and corruption is a major problem.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed Berlin’s willingness to expand ties with Cambodia, even if the governments sometimes held opposing political views.

“We don’t always have to agree on everything, but we can expand our appreciative and sincere dialogue among partners,” he said in his dinner speech with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.

Hun Sen, whose Cambodian People’s Party has ruled the southeast Asian country for decades, has been in office since 1985. Freedom of opinion, assembly and association is restricted and the opposition unable to freely operate. Corruption is a major problem.

In full: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3210300/german-president-aims-boost-ties-cambodia-despite-concerns

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