Like all French embassies overseas, the embassy in Phnom Penh final week hosted a get-together to have fun the 233rd anniversary of French Nationwide Day (the 14th of July “Bastille Day”) with the Minister of Overseas Affairs Prak Sokhonn in attendance.
The day signifies the autumn of the Bastille in 1789 and in Paris this 12 months it was celebrated with hundreds of French troops marching down the Champs-Elysees avenue alongside allies from Japanese Europe.
The occasion on Thursday night on the French Embassy was attended by diplomats, senior authorities officers, army officers, members of civil society organisations, and lots of different dignitaries.
It was the primary celebration in Cambodia in three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, mentioned Ambassador Jacques Pellet in his tackle.
He thanked the Cambodian authorities for his or her effort within the struggle towards Covid-19 through the pandemic which allowed the gathering to happen and mentioned the French authorities was proud to have contributed to Cambodia’s effort by its participation in Covax (Covid-19 Vaccines International Entry) and likewise by the decisive motion of the Pasteur Institute.
“Everybody is aware of how outdated and trusting the connection between France and Cambodia is. It’s rooted in an extended shared historical past and a deep and actual affinity which notably passes by the Francophonie,” he mentioned.
He mentioned relations between the 2 nations are nurtured by an energetic and well-integrated French neighborhood.
He additionally addressed the dynamism of the French enterprise neighborhood, which has been capable of adapt to the disaster and overcome the difficulties.
In line with Ambassador Pellet, the connection between the 2 nations has grown stronger in current historical past.
Final 12 months, Cambodia marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements, which French, a co-chair of the Paris Peace Convention in addition to commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) this 12 months of which France was the second troop contributor, and in December it is going to be celebrating thirtieth Anniversary of Angkor Archaeological Park’s Inscription on the World Heritage Listing of UNESCO.
“On the finish of the 12 months, we’ll mark the seventieth anniversary of our diplomatic relations. It is going to be an ideal alternative to have fun this lengthy and unfailing friendship that binds our two international locations and to deepen our political dialogue for the achievement of those goals that are so treasured to us,” he added.
Talking on the battle in Ukraine, Ambassador Pellet mentioned Cambodia has taken a stand towards the “unjustified invasion” of Ukraine.
“(The battle is) a shame for the Moscow regime, a gaping wound for Europe. This battle should alert our consciences,” he mentioned.
“Our voices and our actions, these of the European Union, these of ASEAN, should add as much as get hold of the cessation of hostilities as rapidly as attainable and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine,” he added.
Cambodia in early March backed a UN emergency decision condemning the invasion of Ukraine and calling for the withdrawal of the Russian troops, adopted by the assist of UN Normal Meeting Resolutions on the “Humanitarian penalties of the aggression towards Ukraine” on March 24.
When Sokhonn, who can also be Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister, addressed the gathering, the ties that united France and Cambodia and evident at present each within the framework of bilateral relations and within the multilateral certainly one of La Francophonie.
“With the Paris Agreements of 1991, the negotiation of which France made a really optimistic contribution, France has not ceased to contribute to restoration, then to the event of Cambodia,” he mentioned. “This French contribution, specifically the French Improvement Company, has contributed a lot to the sustainable growth of my nation.”
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