A delegation from the South Korean National Assembly (NA), led by speaker Kim Jin-pyo, is set to pay an official visit to the Kingdom from September 6-9, at the invitation of his Cambodian counterpart Khuon Sudary.

The Korean representatives will engage with senior leaders during their stay, as per a September 4 statement from the Kingdom’s NA secretariat.

Kim is scheduled to meet with Cambodian leaders including Prime Minister Hun Manet, acting head of state Say Chhum and Hun Sen, former Prime Minister and currently president of the Supreme Privy Council to the King. He will also have a meeting with Sudary to fortify and broaden the partnership between the two nations’ legislative bodies.

As part of their itinerary, the Korean envoys will lay flowers and pay homage at the Independence Monument and the memorial of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

Kin Phea, director of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, underlined the deep connections between both nations, which encompassed both governments and legislatures.

“[Kim’s] presence is expected to bolster ties and cooperation between the countries. We anticipate that our NA will utilise this opportunity to practice parliamentary diplomacy and enhance the nation’s stature and its global role,” he said.

Phea added that the Cambodian NA will capitalise on this visit to amplify joint efforts, particularly in investment and trade, by furthering the implementation of the Cambodia-Korea trade agreement.

Cambodian NA secretary-general Leng Peng Long briefly noted that while collaboration between the two bodies has not been extensive, both sides have previously engaged in a collective effort within the library sector.