The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation regards the upcoming visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar bin Ibrahim as an opportunity to create a new impetus to the robust all-round bilateral ties with Cambodia.

A March 24 press release from the ministry said bin Ibrahim will pay an official visit to Cambodia on March 27.

During his visit, he will be granted a royal audience with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace, followed by separate courtesy calls on President of the Senate Say Chhum and National Assembly President Heng Samrin.

“Bin Ibrahim will also meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen for bilateral talks to explore new ways and means to further deepen the long-standing bilateral ties that cover all fields of cooperation ranging from political-security, economic to socio-cultural aspects,” said the release.

“They will exchange views on sub-regional, regional and international issues of common interest and concern. Subsequently, there will be a signing ceremony of some cooperation initiatives and a joint press conference,” it added.

Both prime ministers will enjoy an Iftar dinner and participate in Isya’ and Terawikh prayers with Muslim scholars and the Muslim community in Cambodia.

“The forthcoming official visit of the Prime Minister of Malaysia to Cambodia will lend a new impetus to the robust all-round bilateral ties between the two countries and will contribute to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region as well as to the continued development and prosperity of the ASEAN Community and beyond,” concluded the ministry.