Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad went for a three-day official visit to Cambodia accompanied by his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali in early September.
Upon arrival, he was welcomed by Cambodian Senior Minister in charge of Special Missions, Datuk Dr Othsman Hassan together with Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia, Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim.
This visit after 25 years was at the invitation of his Cambodian counterpart Prime Minister Hun Sen.
He had attended a dialogue session with about 1,000 students and invited guests about “Balancing Relations with the Superpowers in the Context of Asean” at Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Follow by meeting up with the Muslim community and attending a dinner with the Malaysian diaspora during his first day of visit.
The wreath-laying ceremony at Cambodia’s Independence Monument before attending an official welcoming ceremony at the Peace Palace was arranged for Tun Mahathir.
A bilateral talk was hold with Prime Minister Hun Sen. Both leaders discussed issues relating to trade and investment, cooperation in agriculture, defence and halal industry development.
Both premiers had also witnessed the signing of the long-waited Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTA) and memorandum-of-understanding on tourism cooperation.
In addition, Tun Mahathir made a courtesy call to acting head of state and president of Cambodia, Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdey Say Chhum and attended a dialogue with Malaysian businessmen and investors, involving 28 Malaysian companies operating in Cambodia.
Prime Minister Hun Sen hosted an official dinner for Tun Mahathir and Siti Hasmah. During this trip, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah had a separate programme, which includes visiting Cambodian Red Cross and lunch with the Women’s Association of the Embassy of Malaysia in Cambodia.