MELAKA, May 7 (Bernama) -- Melaka and Cambodia hope to forge close cooperation in rehabilitating historical sites to strengthen bilateral relations between the two entities, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.
He said both Melaka and Cambodia had similarities in drawing tourists to visit historical sites especially after both were given recognition as world heritage sites (WHS) through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
"They have longer experience because they had received WHS recognition since 1992 while Melaka received it in 2007 and as such, Melaka can learn from the experience of Cambodia through the WHS," he told reporters after receiving the visit of Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Sok An who made a one-day visit to Melaka.
Mohd Ali said the state government would make an official visit to the country, that is famous because of the Angkor Wat, at the end of the year. "Cambodia also invited Melaka to invest in its rubber planting industry while the state goverment wants more Cambodians to explore the opportunity of pursuing further studies and seek the best health and medical services here," he said.
Meanwhile, Sok An said Melaka and Cambodia could establish ties on the preservation and conservation on historic sites of mutual interest to both sides.