Saturday, December 15, 2007

India, Cambodia sign defence pact

* Agree on exchange of intelligence, cooperation in military research

NEW DELHI: India and Cambodia signed several business and military-related agreements after a visit by Prime Minister Hun Sen to New Delhi, an External Affairs Ministry statement said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with Hun Sen on Saturday and Indian and Cambodian officials signed the accords afterward. Hun Sen also met more than 100 Indian businessmen to encourage them to invest in Cambodia during his four-day trip, which ended Sunday.

Intelligence sharing: A comprehensive defence agreement signed covers the exchange of intelligence and cooperation in military research, the statement released late Saturday said. It also provides for exchanges of military personnel and hardware. India will lend US$35.2 million to Cambodia for three development projects, including the construction of a power line between Kratie and Stung Treng provinces, it said. It was the Cambodian leader’s second trip in five months to India. ap

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