Standing before Angkor Wat, my respect for the Cambodian people has deepened further still. I could sense how each nation has its own potential to write chapters of history. Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s past and, at the same time, its future. I am convinced that the Miracle of the Mekong River will certainly come true.
I am profoundly grateful to King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen for extending heartfelt hospitality and allowing me to witness Khmer civilization.
Through the power of its youth, Cambodia has recently been posting an annual growth rate of 7 percent. Cambodia is one of Korea’s two major development cooperation partners, and Korea is the second largest investor in Cambodia. During this visit, our two countries confirmed the wording for a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and agreed to promptly conclude a double taxation avoidance agreement. These will serve as the foundation for broadening people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between Korea and ASEAN, and it is a partner for my Administration’s New Southern Policy. Everywhere I went, I saw landmarks built by Korean companies that have helped confirm the power of cooperation. Our compatriots’ standing has risen more and more in the local communities there, and I can be optimistic about the future of mutual prosperity thanks to the trust they have built up.
I am returning to Korea now after finishing my visit to three ASEAN member states. I will redouble efforts to ensure that this tour helps boost the vitality of the Korean economy. I am once again reminded of the fact that there are no better diplomats than our own people and that the people are the very source of national power. I am grateful to everyone who has provided support.