The government appointed a new ambassador to Egypt on Wednesday, with the opening of an embassy there soon to follow, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry yesterday confirmed the establishment of an embassy in Cairo “in response to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries”.
Egypt will reciprocate, opening an embassy in Phnom Penh, “to promote cooperation on trade, investment and tourism”, he added.
Sman Maran was named the Kingdom’s first ambassador to Egypt by royal decree on Wednesday. Maran leaves behind a posting in Kuwait City, where he served as ambassador to Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
Sounry was unable to say for sure when the embassy would open its doors, only that “It will be open soon, I think”.
Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2015 described Egypt as being mired in a “human rights crisis, the most serious in the country’s modern history.”
Asked if the Cambodian government was concerned, Sounry replied: “Cambodia is an open country; we wish to do business with every country. The most important thing is the economy right now”.