Philippines seeks closer ties with Cambodia

Philippines seeks closer ties with Cambodia

Philippines seeks closer ties with Cambodia

Posted 9 February 2013, 22:17 AEST

The Philippines says it is seeking to strengthen ties with Cambodia though increased trade and combating transnational crime.

The Philippines says it is seeking to strengthen ties with Cambodia though increased trade and combating transnational crime.

Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay says Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen supports the signing of agreements between Manila and Phnom Penh in rice trading and in fighting transnational crime.

Cambodian officials have also expressed interest in launching direct flights between Manila and Phnom Penh.

The Philippines vice president met with Cambodian ministers during a trip to Phnom Penh for the state funeral and cremation of Cambodia's former king and head of state Norodum Sihanouk.

Relations between the two nations soured last year when Cambodia blocked efforts by the Philippines and Vietnam to mention their territorial dispute with China in the customary communique issued by the ASEAN at its ministerial conference.