External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar spoke to his Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn today. They discussed India ASEAN relations, Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, and the situation in Myanmar. Dr Jaishankar said India will work closely with Cambodia in its capacity as ASEAN Chair.
EAM’s conversation with Sokhonn assumes significance as PM of Cambodia Hun Sen visited Myanmar last week, the first foreign leader to visit the war-torn country since the army seized power almost a year ago. Sen’s meeting with Myanmar’s military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, triggered protests in Myanmar and criticism abroad. Opponents said that it legitimised the military takeover and broke the generals’ near-total diplomatic isolation.