Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi announced on Wednesday that Japan will provide Cambodia with assistance to improve its urban areas, combat plastic litter in oceans, and fight terrorism.
The commitment was revealed during a phone conversation between Motegi and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn on Wednesday.
In a press release, the ministry said Japan will also provide Cambodia 25 billion yen ($234.6 million) under the Covid-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan scheme.
Motegi was reappointed as foreign minister in September. He paid an official visit to Cambodia in August, making him the first foreign high-ranking official to visit Cambodia during the pandemic.
Motegi reaffirmed his commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation with Cambodia under the new Japanese government, the press release said.
“The Japanese minister also expressed his sympathy to the government and the people of Cambodia who have been badly affected by severe flooding. He stated that Japan stands ready to assist Cambodia in dealing with this hardship,” it said.