President U Htin Kyaw and his wife were welcomed to Cambodia yesterday with lavish ceremonies that included honour guards and floral baskets.
At the invitation of the King of Cambodia, Preah Bat Samdach Preah Baromneath Norodom Sihamoni, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin left Nay Pyi Taw for an official State Visit and were seen off at the airport by Vice Presidents U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman and wife, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, Mr So Bunna, Charge d’affaires of the Cambodia Embassy in Myanmar and other officials.
President U Htin Kyaw, the First Lady and entourage arrived in Phnom Penh at 11:15am Cambodia time and were welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia and Minister of the Royal Palace Mr Samdech Chaufea Veang Kong Som Ol, Mr Khieu Kanharith, Minister for Information, Cambodia, U Myint Soe, Myanmar Ambassador to Cambodia and other officials.
The President and the First Lady were then taken to the Intercontinental Hotel, where the Deputy Prime Minister presented a floral basket from the King of Cambodia.
In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady were welcomed at the King’s Palace. The President and the King received the salute from the Guard of Honour, ceremonially inspected the honour guard, and then met in the Palace of the King.
In the meeting, increased cooperation in the sectors of education, religion and culture between the two countries and cooperation in promoting tourism were discussed.
“I am very happy to see Myanmar developing and exercising the practice of transparency more than ever. I believe that Myanmar will implement the process of internal peace and multi-sector development successfully,” the King of Cambodia said.
In the evening, the President and the First Lady paid a visit to the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, and the memorial monument of former King Norodom Sihanouk, where they laid a wreath in honour of the forvmer King.
Later that night, U Htin Kyaw and the First Lady attended a state banquet hosted by the King at the King’s Palace, where the King and the Myanmar President exchanged toasts.
“Our two countries have not only shared the same historical background, culture, designated Asian values and temperament, but also the same determination to be in harmony and at peace with the world. Throughout history, friendship and cooperation between the two countries have increased for the benefit of the people of both countries.”
“We firmly believe that bilateral cooperation will bring about the remaining opportunities to be implemented in multi-sector cooperation. Myanmar is always ready to cooperate closely with Cambodia in the international sphere for the preservation of regional and global peace, stability and development,” the President said.