Phnom Penh names two streets in honour of Indonesian statesmen

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Outgoing Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia Sudirman Haseng and Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng visited the location of the streets named after two Indonesian statesmen on January 17 PHNOM PENH ADMINISTRATION.

Two streets in Phnom Penh are to be named after former Indonesian President Sukarno and Foreign Minister Ali Alatas to commemorate their contributions to modern Cambodia.

Sukarno visited Cambodia in the 1950s and 60s, not long after the kingdom gained independence from France, while Alatas co-chaired a conference on Cambodia in the French capital before the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.

Outgoing Indonesian Ambassador Sudirman Haseng paid a visit to Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng on January 17 before inspecting the locations of the two roads called Jalan Soekarno and Jalan Ali Alatas.

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Sreng told the delegation that the Kingdom’s friendship with Indonesia has contributed to the development of modern Cambodia, with Prime Minister Hun Sen deciding to name roads after the two leaders as an expression of gratitude.

“The two streets are named Jalan Soekarno and Jalan Ali Alatas to express gratitude to the leadership of the Republic of Indonesia, which has contributed a lot to the development of Cambodia,” he said.

Sudirman expressed gratitude at the streets named after former Indonesian statesmen and praised the rapid development of Phnom Penh.

The two roads connect National Highway 6 with Win-Win Boulevard in Chroy Changvar District and are expected to improve traffic conditions in the capital, especially when Cambodia hosts the 32nd Southeast Asia (SEA) Games in the 12th.

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Kin Phea, director of the International Relations Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the relationship between the two countries has strengthened since diplomatic relations were first established in 1957, when Cambodia was founded by the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk. in Indonesia was led by Sukarno.

Cambodia and Indonesia had good relations until 1975, when diplomatic relations were severed by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, and only in 1992, after the Paris Peace Accords, the two countries officially re-established relations.

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“Since 1992, after the restoration of diplomatic relations, Cambodia and Indonesia have enjoyed a good relationship, which we can see from the mutual interests in the economy, politics, tourism and education.

“Within the framework of bilateral relations, the two countries have set up mechanisms to show goodwill and commitment to strengthen mutual relations in the fields of politics, economy and trade, although at present bilateral trade volume remains limited,” Phea said.

In the multilateral framework, both nations, as ASEAN and UN member states, have shown mutual support in regional and global forums.

Indonesia is the largest country in ASEAN and a member of the Group of 20 (G20).


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