Kim Jin-pyo, president of the South Korean National Assembly (NA), has lauded Cambodia’s new government and NA, describing the new mandates as full of youthful energy and ready to develop the Kingdom.

Kim met with his Cambodian counterpart Khuon Sudary on September 7 during his September 6-9 visit to the Kingdom, according to a Ca NA statement.

During the meeting, Sudary urged Kim to boost ties between Cambodia and South Korea, both at the executive and legislative levels. She suggested that the two nations initiate a “Comprehesive Strategic Partnership”, as well as closer cooperation on investment and trade.

“[Sudary] urged her South Korean counterpart to support the agreements and MoUs that the two governments have signed. She also suggested that Korea increase its imports of Cambodian products and help the Kingdom with agro-industrial development, while also accepting more migrant workers from Cambodia and providing them with social protections,” added the statement.

It said Kim had applauded the new government and parliament of Cambodia, noting that they appeared to be full of energetic members who would lead the country to greater prosperity.

He also congratulated Sudary on becoming the first woman to hold the NA presidency.

“[Kim] affirmed that the South Korean parliament is ready to strengthen its relationship with their Cambodian counterparts, as well as the new government,” said the statement.

He has also promised to provide more assistance to Cambodia and increase the migrant worker quota, as well as provide agricultural training and capacity building for the Cambodian NA’s administrative officials, among other assistance.

Kin Phea, director of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, said the visit itself, as well as the comments that were exchanged by the two house speakers, illustrated the strength of the relationship between both nations, particularly the two parliaments.

He noted that their deep ties had developed during the tenure of former Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“The new government led by Prime Minister Hun Manet will continue the excellent relations, and ensure that government-level cooperation remains strong. Cambodia always offers a welcome to all countries,” he said.