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Poland, Cambodia waive diplomatic visas

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Foreign ministry secretary of state Chem Widhya (right) shakes hands with Polish deputy foreign minister Wojciech Gerwel at the signing ceremony in Phnom Penh on May 25. MFAIC

Poland, Cambodia waive diplomatic visas

Cambodia and Poland have signed an agreement that will exempt diplomatic passport holders from visa requirements. Both sides are also committed to strengthening bilateral relations in both trade and investment.

The signing ceremony took place as Chem Widhya, secretary of state for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Wojciech Gerwel, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister, co-chaired the meeting -- the second session of political consultations between Cambodia and Poland -- on May 25 in Phnom Penh, according to a joint press release.

“The two sides signed an agreement that will exempt diplomatic passport holders from visa requirements. The meeting was held successfully in a cordial and fruitful atmosphere,” said the release.

At the meeting, they noted the traditional excellent bonds of friendship and close cooperation between the two countries.

During the discussions, Widhya expressed the gratitude of the people and government of Cambodia to their Polish counterparts for the generous development assistance they have extended to the Kingdom since the 1979 liberation of the country from the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime. He also briefed his Polish counterpart about the current situation in Cambodia, especially the upcoming general election, the state of economic development and the friendly and attractive investment climate in Cambodia.

Gerwel was impressed by the Kingdom’s rapid economic progress and commended its successful curbing of Covid-19, according to the press release.

“With a strong commitment to strengthening bilateral ties, both sides shared common views on various areas of cooperation, including between the two foreign ministries, the two parliaments and between the two regional organisations, ASEAN and the EU, as well as in trade and investment, agriculture, education and culture, among other subjects,” it added.

They will encourage relevant authorities to work together to establish conducive legal instruments and hold investment and business forums in both countries, in order to encourage the active participation of the private sector. Both sides also exchanged views on a number of regional and global issues of common interest and concern. The third session of the political consultations will be held in Poland.


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