Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn praised Canada for their assistance and support, especially on mine action in Cambodia, which has contributed greatly to achieving a “mine-free Cambodia” by 2025.

Sokhonn met with Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development of Canada, on August 5 on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings, hosted this year by Cambodia.

"Deputy PM Prak Sokhonn expressed his great appreciation for Canada's assistance and technical support in demining activities in Cambodia and requested further contributions from Canada for achieving the goal of a ‘mine-free Cambodia by 2025’.

“Both sides noted with satisfaction the positive trajectory of bilateral trade between their nations and [Sokhonn] expressed his sincere thanks to Canada for maintaining Cambodia’s inclusion in its GSP,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement, referring to the Generalized System of Preferences which reduces tariffs on certain exports from Cambodia to Canada.

The ministers agreed to work closely to enhance the friendship between the two countries and advance a broad range of shared bilateral, regional and global interests, while agreeing to organise events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year, the ministry said.