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    Phnom Penh names two streets in honour of Indonesian statesmen

    ANN/THE PHNOM PENH POST – 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 prior to the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements.

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

    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 the streets after the two leaders as an expression of gratitude.

    “The two streets will be named Jalan Soekarno and Jalan Ali Alatas to express gratitude to the leadership of the Republic of Indonesia, which has contributed greatly to Cambodia’s development,” he said.

    Outgoing Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia Sudirman Haseng and Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng visit the location of the streets that are to be named after two Indonesian statesmen. PHOTO: PHNOM PENH ADMINISTRATION

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

    The two roads will connect National Road 6 to Win-Win Boulevard in Chroy Changvar district and are expected to improve traffic conditions in the capital, especially when Cambodia hosts the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the 12th Para Games in May this year.

    Director of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia Kin Phea said the two countries’ relationship had deepened since diplomatic ties were first established in 1957, when Cambodia was led by the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Indonesia by Sukarno.

    In the multilateral framework, both nations, as Asean and United Nations 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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