Outgoing Cambodia envoy takes home fond Brunei memories

James Kon

Outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Brunei Darussalam Ouk Chandara yesterday hailed trade, education, defence and tourism ties between Brunei and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

At a farewell luncheon hosted by the Diplomatic Corps at the Spaghettini restaurant of The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Ouk Chandara said the number of Bruneians visiting Cambodia is going up yearly.

“Brunei and Cambodia signed an agreement on rice importation in which Cambodia will export high quality rice to Brunei. Over 16,000 tonnes of rice from Cambodia were imported to Brunei last year which totally shows that trade in rice between Brunei and Cambodia has increased,” the outgoing envoy said.

Ouk Chandara added, “I am happy and proud to note that Cambodia’s relationship with Brunei Darussalam is much better than ever. There is always potential for further growth and even closer relations.”

He said, “His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Kingdom of Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen have fostered a very good working relationship and personal friendship with each other.” Recalling the highlight of his tenure in Brunei Darussalam, he said, “I was lucky to receive Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen who visited Brunei Darussalam to attend the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty’s Accession to the throne in 2017.

Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel bin Rashed bin Hashel Al-Maskari presents a memento to Outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Brunei Darussalam, Ouk Chandara. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“Last month, I even received Deputy Commander in Chief of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Hun Manet and delegation who visited Brunei Darussalam from July 23-26.”

On friendship, the outgoing ambassador said, “Friendship has made my life in Brunei Darussalam enjoyable and memorable. I will be taking home many sweet memories. I will miss this beautiful and peaceful country which will always be close to my heart. I will also not forget my friends here.”

The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel bin Rashed bin Hashel Al-Maskari congratulated the outgoing ambassador on behalf of the Diplomatic Corps.

The outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia presented his letter of credence to His Majesty on October 25, 2016.