Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Saudi pledges to establish local embassy by year’s end

Saudi pledges to establish local embassy by year’s end

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Newly-appointed Saudi ambassador to Cambodia Mohammed Ismaeil A Dahlwy paid a courtesy call on Senate president and acting Head of State Say Chhum on March 9. SENATE

Saudi pledges to establish local embassy by year’s end

Saudi Arabia has committed to establishing an embassy in Cambodia this year, with the expectation that it will promote closer relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Newly-appointed Saudi ambassador to Cambodia Mohammed Ismaeil A Dahlwy made the pledge as he paid a courtesy call on Senate president and acting Head of State Say Chhum on March 9.

“[Chhum] offered his congratulations to Dahlwy, who expressed his appreciation for the excellent relations and cooperation between the two Kingdoms,” said a March 9 statement from the Senate.

“Dahlwy hopes his diplomatic mission will contribute to the strengthening of the relationship. Most notably, he assured [Chhum] that he will do his utmost to ensure a Saudi embassy is established before the end of the year,” it added.

Chhum emphasised that the Senate, National Assembly, and all government institutions are prepared to cooperate closely with the envoy to bring great mutual benefits to both peoples and countries.

Yang Peou, secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the expansion of Cambodia’s relations in the modern era is necessary to improve political, economic and trade cooperation.

He expressed support for official ties between Saudi Arabia and Cambodia, suggesting that both sides establish embassies in one another’s capitals.

“It is important to remember that Saudi Arabia is a major oil producer, while Cambodia is focused on light industry, like textiles, and produces agricultural products,” he said.

“Therefore, there is ample opportunity for trade between the two nations. Saudi could become an important market for us,” he added.

He also pointed out that the expansion of relations with new international partners is clear evidence that Cambodia’s foreign policy is open to wide ranging cooperation.

“This should dispel the assumption that Cambodia depends only on this or that country,” he said.

Saudi Arabia first announced plans to open its embassy in Phnom Penh February. Its embassy currently accredited to Cambodia is located in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

According to the commerce ministry, Cambodia-Saudi Arabia trade volume over each year from 2018-2021 respectively came in at $16 million, $15.6 million, $19 million and $26 million.

It noted that Cambodia’s major exports to Saudi Arabia include milled rice, fruits, garments, footwear and leather goods, while imports comprise fruits, chemical fertilisers, plastics and products thereof, aluminium and construction materials.


  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Five-year-old Hanuman dances his way into hearts of Cambodia

    A young talent from a new-established settlement has emerged, captivating the online world with his mesmerising performances of the traditional Cambodian monkey dance. Roeun Kakada is a five-year-old prodigy who has taken the social media sphere by storm with his exceptional dance skills and dedication

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • Honda shutters Siem Reap football club

    Japanese football legend Keisuke Honda, the owner of Siem Reap football club Soltilo Angkor FC, has been forced to shut the club down, after it failed to attract sponsorship for the upcoming season. Honda, the former manager of the Cambodia men's national football team, said

  • Hun Sen warns of regional tensions

    ASIA is becoming a dangerous geopolitical hotspot, with several countries announcing that they intend to send naval vessels towards Southeast Asia and on to the South China Sea, warned Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Heated geopolitical issues can easily escalate, namely to war. I am not

  • PM declares ASEAN Para Games open

    The 12th ASEAN Para Games officially kicked off on the evening of June 3 at Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh, with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring fireworks and performances by some of the Kingdom’s most accomplished talents. Tens of thousands of sports fans