Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spain set to strengthen ties with new embassy

Spain intends to open an embassy in Phnom Penh by July next year, Mariano Alonso-Burin, the country’s special envoy to Cambodia, said Monday.

“We have two main aims here: help develop Cambodia and strengthen ties with the legitimate government here,” he said, adding that he would be formally accredited as ambassador by the King of Spain when the embassy was established.

Spain’s official diplomatic presence was withdrawn by the early 1970s, he said, leaving it up to its embassy in Thailand to extend its services to the Kingdom.

“Three years ago through our Asia Plan, we decided to improve our presence in Southeast Asia,” he said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong said Cambodia welcomed the move, adding that it would “improve the diplomatic activity between the two countries”.

To read more: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2009122230367/National-news/spain-set-to-strengthen-ties-with-new-embassy.html

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