Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) holds a talk with visiting Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Feb. 26, 2013.(Xinhua/Sovannara)
PHNOM PENH, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Serbia is willing to strengthen relations and cooperation with Cambodia and wants to sign more agreements with this Southeast Asian nation to promote economics, trade and tourism, visiting Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic said Tuesday.
Ivan made his remarks during a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace.
He said Serbia and Cambodia should sign agreements on investment protection and promotion, tourism promotion cooperation, and visa exemptions for diplomatic and service passports in order to pave the way for the peoples between the two countries to travel to and fro.
Hun Sen agreed that such agreements should be signed as soon as possible, saying that Cambodia wanted to see Serbian investors come to Cambodia in order to strengthen bilateral economic and trade ties.
He also thanked Serbia for canceling the debt of more than 1 million U.S. dollars that Cambodia owed prior to 1969.
Ivan arrived here on Monday for a two-day visit.
On Tuesday morning, he signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultations with his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong. Under the deal, both sides would provide mutual support on international matters.
The ties between Cambodia and Serbia in trade, investment and tourism are relatively small. There is no any record of Serbian investment in Cambodia in the last two decades, according to a report of the Council for the Development of Cambodia.
On tourism side, 411 Serbians visited Cambodia last year, slightly up from 408 in a year earlier, showed a tourism report.