|Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) meets with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird (L) at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 11, 2012. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
PHNOM PENH, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Canada is willing to build close ties with Cambodia and other ASEAN member states in politics, trade and investment, said Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on Wednesday.
The Minister made the remarks during a meeting with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace, Eang Sophallet, spokesman for Prime Minister Hun Sen, told reporters after the meeting.
John said that Canada's International Trade Minister Ed Fast will make a visit to Cambodia next month to promote bilateral trade and investment. Besides, he said Canada will continue helping Cambodia in humanitarian activities, especially demining.
Moreover, Canada has decided to make the contribution of 10 million U.S. dollars to ASEAN for integration work.
Meanwhile, on behalf of ASEAN, Hun Sen expressed his welcome to Canada's intention to broaden relations and cooperation with ASEAN and hoped to see growing ties between ASEAN and Canada in coming years.
John Baird has been visiting Cambodia in order to attend the ASEAN-Canada Ministerial Meeting, the 19th ASEAN Regional Forum, and related meetings, which will last until July 13.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.