Cambodia's parliament approves consular treaty with China

17:28, May 07, 2010      

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Cambodia's National Assembly approved Friday a consular treaty between Kingdom of Cambodia and China to boost cooperation between the two nations.

The approval of the treaty was made unanimously by all 89 out of 123 parliamentarians who were present at the session.

The Cambodian government signed the treaty with China on Feb. 25, 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The treaty was based on the norm of the 1963 Vienna Convention to which Cambodia is a party since 2005.

Hor Namhong, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs told the parliamentarians that the treaty was significant to promote further cooperation between Cambodia and China.

The treaty allows consular officials to make direct contacts with their own citizens who run businesses or work in the country where consular office is located.

It also allows consular officials to work as facilitators or mediators for the citizens or the people of the country where the office is located; as well the officials will help process with visa paperwork and applications for citizenship.

Cambodia and China has had long-term relations, and this treaty will help boost more cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, tourism, culture, science and education among others.

At present, Cambodia has established six Consulate Generals in China, including China's Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Kunming, Chongqing and Nanning, while China has not yet set up the consulate in Cambodia.

Source: Xinhua


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