Ly Thuch, first vice-president of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), met with Indian ambassador Devyani Khobragade on September 19 to explore ways to bolster mine action cooperation between the two countries.

The discussion highlighted various aspects of the countries’ relationship, including through political and democratic ties, as well as collaboration in the fields of trade, defence, development, cultural connections and humanitarian work.

“We appreciate the ambassador and her team for their relentless efforts to secure support from her government in assisting the Kingdom with mine clearance,” Thuch said, adding that India had specifically earmarked Koh Kong province for its project.

Thuch further noted that the ties between the countries are deeply rooted in shared cultural, religious and linguistic traditions. The bond remains robust, marking 71 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1952.

He complimented the bilateral achievements and numerous cooperative opportunities the two countries have explored for mutual benefit over the past seven decades.

The CMAA shared a statement from the ambassador.

“Through the Quick Impact Projects (QIPs), the Indian government has supported the CMAA in establishing a mine-free village in Koh Kong province and has played a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in Banteay Meanchey province by providing 500 prosthetics,” it said.

Khobragade expressed her gratitude to the administration and the CMAA for their unwavering support and collaboration in executing the projects and coordinating related initiatives.