His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, the King of Cambodia, visited India on his maiden State visit from 29-31 May 2023.
The State visit marked the culmination of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Cambodia, which were established in 1952. This visit by the King of Cambodia was taken place after almost six decades, with the last being that of the current King’s father in 1963.
The King was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 30 May 2023 and President Smt Droupadi Murmu hosted a State Banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary the same evening. The King was also have bilateral meetings with the President and the Prime Minister. Vice President and External Affairs Minister was calld on the King. The King was also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.
India and Cambodia enjoy warm and friendly relations marked by civilisational, cultural and economic linkages and deep-rooted people-to-people ties. The multifaceted relationship is based on shared cultural values, commitment to foster economic growth, collaboration in the fields of defence & security and convergence on regional and global issues.
India actively assists Cambodia in capacity building & human resource development through training slots under the ITEC and scholarships under ICCR. India has also extended grants and concessional loans for developmental projects. Conservation and restoration of the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Preah Vihar are being carried out under GoI funding.
India has extended a grant of USD 1.5 million for purchase of demining equipment and has offered a line of credit worth USD 50 million Line of Credit for procurement of defence equipment from India. Customised training courses are conducted for Cambodian Army personnel in India and Mobile Training Teams from Indian Army have been deployed to Cambodia for training Cambodian Army personnel.
Trade between the two countries for FY 2023-23 stood at USD 366 million and is growing. Indian investments in Cambodia are estimated around USD 115 million primarily in pharmaceuticals, automobiles and mining.
The forthcoming visit of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, the King of Cambodia, was further strengthened and deepen the civilisational relations between India and Cambodia.