New Delhi: Recently Delhi Study Group delegation from India visited Cambodia to promote “People to People Friendship & Diplomacy” between the two countries stated Vijay Jolly President Delhi Study Group.
This is in consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi foreign policy engagement for closer relations with neighboring countries. The delegation found PM Modi hugely popular in Cambodia while receiving warm reception.
The Indian delegation met Hon’ble Say Chhum Chairman Ruling Cambodian People’s Party, H.E. Dr. Sok An Deputy Prime Minister Cambodia, Hon’ble Hun Many son of Cambodia Prime Minister, Member of Parliament & President Youth Federation Cambodia (UYFC), Dr. (Ms.) Kylot Thyda President Royal Academy Cambodia, M.P. Yara Suos Vice Chairman Commission for External Relations (CPP), Tekreth Samrach Secretary of State, Thao Veason President Cambodian Federation for Human Rights, Mr. Bun Narith ( Director General APSARA ), Mr. Sok Sangvar, Head Angkor Tourism Plan, Indian Ambassador Dinesh K. Patnaik & other distinguished persons.
During the visit matters of mutual interests were discussed. Main focus was to revive 2000 years old relationship through People to People contacts.
The Indian delegation signed two MOU’s (Memorandum of Understanding) with Cambodian NGOs for enhancing People to People Friendship, Understanding & Diplomacy between India & Cambodia. It was agreed to form “India – Cambodia Friendship Association”.
It was observed that Cambodia has largest Hindu & Buddhist temples in the World. And India has the largest Hindu population in the World. Both nations can act as catalyst in reviving people to people relations. There is a lot of scope for Indian Bollywood to capture the scenic beauty & make cinematic films in the background of Hindu temples stated Leader of the Indian delegation Ashok Garg.
The delegation visited various temples like “Ta Prohm temple” where Government of India & Archaeological Survey of India is helping & financing restoration and “Angkor Wat temple” (largest Buddhist place of worship).
A public lecture program titled “India Cambodia Relation and the Role of India in the region and the World” was organized in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Ashok Garg Leader of the delegation focused on areas of understanding which can benefit the two countries namely education, space, information & technology, tourism, conservation of historical places of worship & exchange of delegations etc. Narendra Chawla member of the delegation also delivered a fiery speech. The lecture was followed by a livid “Question & Answer” session. The session was an eye opener. There is lot of awareness about India, progressive programs and policies of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi & their keenness to take relations forward through introduction of direct flights between the two nations.
Welcome dinners were hosted by Secretary of State Tekreth Sarach and Director General (Authority for Protection & Management of Angkor) and Region of Siem Reap (APSARA) Mr. Bun Narith. It was specially attended by Mr. Sok Sangvar, Head, Angkor Tourism Management Plan & other prominent people.
The visit was widely covered by local Cambodian media. The delegation addressed a press conference with question & answers. The delegation was specially invited & honored at a state function held in honor of bringing back the statue of Lord Hanuman to Cambodia ( It was earlier smuggled out to USA ). This program was attended by Ambassadors & High Commissioners from more than 50 nations along with large attendance of Cambodian Ministers & citizens.
The Delhi Study Group delegation was led by Mr. Ashok Garg (Advisor) and accompanied by persons of repute in their respective fields like : Mr. Narendra Chawla (General Secretary Organization) Mr. Anil Jindal, CA (Secretary), Mr. Rajeev Rana ( Secretary) & Famous Sikh Leader Sardar Kamaljit Singh Duggal.
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