UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire Visits Cambodia

Foreign Office Minister, Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, lands in Cambodia today (January 30) to strengthen ties between the Kingdom and the UK, as well as forge new links. During his whistle-stop, two-day trip, Mr Swire will call on Prime Minister Hun Sen, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and leaders of main opposition party, the CNRP, to discuss the current political situation.

He will meet UK businesses representatives and visit Vattanac Tower, which was constructed with the help of UK designers. His schedule also sees him visit Cambodian alumni of UK Universities.

As part of the UK’s commitment to the work of the Extraordinary Chambers of the Court of Cambodia, to which it has donated more than $1.65 million, Mr Swire plans to find out more about their work, and is due to visit the Tuol Sleng genocide museum.

Speaking ahead of his visit, he said, “I am very pleased to be making my first trip to Cambodia. Cambodia is a vibrant and exciting country where the UK is keen to deepen engagement.

“I am here to better understand the current political landscape and challenges that remain in ensuring a peaceful, secure and democratic future for Cambodia. I also want to explore the potential to increase trade links between our two countries as a basis for future economic growth.”

In January 2013, UKTI reopened its office in Cambodia. Since then, bilateral trade and investment between the UK and Cambodia has steadily grown and is predicted to hit $1 billion this year.