PHNOM PENH, April 26 -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to Azerbaijan and Belarus concluded successfully with positive outcomes paving the ways for future cooperation, a senior government official said Saturday.
"It was a fruitful visit to the two countries," Kao Kim Hourn, minister attached to Prime Minister Hun Sen, told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport after the premier returned from a five-day trip to the two ex-Soviet Union countries. "Through the visit, ties and cooperation between Cambodia and Azerbaijan, and Cambodia and Belarus will be strengthened and expanded for mutual benefits."
In Azerbaijan, Hun Sen held a bilateral talk with his counterpart Artur Rasi-zade, and the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Bilateral Consultations.
"The two prime ministers also agreed to push for the establishment of a joint committee for economic and trade development and promised to draft a bilateral agreement on investment promotion and protection," he said.
Hun Sen also requested Azerbaijan to grant more scholarships to Cambodian students for oil and gas studies.
In Belarus, the premier met with Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhai Myasnikovich and the two leaders witnessed the signing of nine documents concerning to the cooperation in economics, trade, investment, banking and finance, military technologies, health, industry, mines, energy, and agriculture.
"Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to Belarus was also to encourage Belarusian investors to Cambodia," Kao Kim Hourn said.
Hun Sen also suggested Belarus to consider operating weekly charter flights to Cambodia in order to promote tourism.