Foreign relations of Cambodia

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The Cambodian government has diplomatic relations with most countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, as well as all of its Asian neighbors, including China, India, Vietnam, Laos, South Korea, and Thailand. The government is a member of most major international organizations, including the United Nations and its specialized agencies such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The government is an Asian Development Bank (ADB) member, a member of ASEAN, and of the WTO. In 2005 Cambodia attended the inaugural East Asia Summit.

International disputes[edit]

Delegates of the ASEAN Summit pose for a photograph at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 19 November 2012.

Cambodia is involved in a dispute regarding offshore islands and sections of the boundary with Vietnam. In addition, the maritime boundary Cambodia has with Vietnam is undefined. Parts of Cambodia's border with Thailand are indefinite, and the maritime boundary with Thailand is not clearly defined.

Illicit drugs[edit]

Cambodia is a transshipment site for Golden Triangle heroin, and possibly a site of money laundering. There is corruption related to narcotics in parts of the government, military and police. Cambodia is also a possible site of small-scale opium, heroin, and amphetamine production. The country is a large producer of cannabis for the international market.[citation needed]

Bilateral relations[edit]


Country Formal relations began Notes
Australia 1950's[1]
  • Australia has an embassy in Phnom Penh.
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Canberra.[2]
Bhutan See Bhutan–Cambodia relations
Brunei 9 June 1992 See Brunei–Cambodia relations
  • Brunei has an embassy in Phnom Penh.[2]
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan.[2]
  • The relations are mainly on economics and security.
Burma See Burma–Cambodia relations
East Timor 2003 See Cambodia–East Timor relations
  • Cambodia supports East Timor's candidacy in ASEAN and the ICC.
  • East Timor's foreign minister went for a visit in Cambodia in 2003.
India 1981 See Cambodia–India relations
  • Cambodia and India are both in the Hindu Religion many years ago.
  • India has an embassy in Phnom Penh.
  • Cambodia has an embassy in New Delhi.
Indonesia 1957 See Cambodia–Indonesia relations
Israel 1960
1993 (reestablished)
See Cambodia–Israel relations
Japan 1950 See Cambodia–Japan relations
  • Japan has an embassy in Phnom Penh.[4]
  • Both Countries relations that in 1946, King Norodom Sihanouk said that Japan do not need to pay for the destruction since 1940, he said Cambodia wanted to be allied with Japan.
Laos 15 June 1956
  • Laos has an embassy in Phnom Penh.[5]
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Vientiane.[6]
  • Historically, relations have been relatively good, despite long-standing unresolved border disputes.[7]
Malaysia 2 December 1996 See Cambodia–Malaysia relations
  • The relations are mainly in economic.[8]
  • Malaysia consider as one of the biggest investor in the country.[9]
Mongolia 11 November 1960[10] See Cambodia-Mongolia relations
China 19 July 1958 See Cambodia–China relations
  • Cambodia and the People's Republic of China relations have strengthened considerably after the end of the Cambodian-Vietnamese War.
  • Cambodia is China's oldest ally.
Philippines 1956 See Cambodia–Philippines relations
  • The two countries have an agreements on economic and trade relations, agricultural and agribusiness collaboration, and tourism cooperation.
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Manila.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on 14 December 2016.
Singapore 10 August 1965 See Cambodia–Singapore relations
  • Cambodia was one of the first countries to recognize Singapore's sovereignty when it became independent in 1965.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Cambodia in 2005 and 2012.
  • Singapore has an embassy in Phnom Penh.
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Singapore.
South Korea 18 May 1970[11] See Cambodia–South Korea relations[11]
  • The Republic of Korea has an embassy in Phnom Penh Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • The Kingdom of Cambodia has an embassy in Seoul Republic of Korea.
King Norodom Sihamoni granting an audience to President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak in 2009.
Thailand 1468 See Cambodia–Thailand relations
Vietnam 1605
1991 (reestablished)
See Cambodia–Vietnam relations
  • Bilateral relations between the Cambodia and Vietnam were for long strained due to the Cambodian-Vietnamese War.
  • The maritime boundary with Vietnam is hampered by unresolved dispute over sovereignty of offshore islands.


Country Formal relations began Notes
Armenia 14 May 1992[12]
Croatia 10 September 1996
Cyprus 16 May 2000[13]
Denmark 20 November 1969 See Cambodia–Denmark relations
Finland 20 January 1970[14]
  • Finland recognized Cambodia on 19 December 1969. Diplomatic relations established on 20 January 1970, re-established 9 August 1976.[14]
  • Cambodia is represented in Finland through its embassy in London, England[15]
  • Finland is represented in Cambodia through its embassy in Bangkok, Thailand[16]
France 1863 See Cambodia–France relations
Germany See Cambodia–Germany relations
  • The Cambodian embassy in Belgium is also accredited to Greece
  • The Greek embassy in Bangkok (Thailand) is also accredited to Cambodia.[18]
  • Both countries are full members of the Francophonie.[19]
Latvia 4 May 1990[20]
Malta 13 January 2005[21]
Romania 10 July 1963 See Cambodia–Romania relations
  • Romania has no diplomatic office in Cambodia. The diplomatic representation of Romania in Cambodia is handled by the Romanian embassy in Hanoi, in neighbouring Vietnam.
  • Cambodia has no diplomatic office in Romania. The diplomatic representation of Cambodia in Romania is handled by the Cambodian embassy in Moscow, Russia.
Russia 13 May 1956[22] See Cambodia–Russia relations
  • The relations between both countries were strong since the Soviet era.
  • Russia has an embassy in Phnom Penh.
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Moscow.
  • Both countries are full members of the East Asia Summit.
Prime Minister Hun Sen with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in 2016.
Serbia 1956[23]
Switzerland 1957[24]
  • Switzerland recognized Cambodia in 1957, and the two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1963.
  • Bilateral relations between Cambodia and Switzerland are good. Switzerland supports the transition process and development efforts in Cambodia.
  • Trade between the two countries is marginal.[24]
United Kingdom 1953
1976 (reestablished)
See Cambodia–United Kingdom relations


Country Formal relations began Notes
United States 11 July 1950 See Cambodia–United States relations
Prime Minister Hun Sen with United States Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016.
Guyana 1973

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 5 September 1973.[27]

Uruguay 1995 See Cambodia–Uruguay relations

Middle East[edit]

Country Formal relations began Notes
Kuwait See Cambodia–Kuwait relations
Pakistan See Cambodia–Pakistan relations
  • Pakistan has an embassy in Phnom Penh. But Cambodia doesn't have an embassy in Pakistan.


Country Formal relations began Notes
Ivory Coast 2008[28] See Cambodia–Ivory Coast relations
  • Guillaume Soro visited Cambodia and met with President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin.
  • The two countries agreed to strengthen their diplomatic ties.
  • Soro pledged to seek possibilities to cooperate in the agricultural sector with Cambodia.
Malawi 20 July 2011 See Cambodia–Malawi relations
  • In 2011 Cambodia and Malawi have entered into formal diplomatic relations and have agreed to mutually provide all necessary assistance for the performance of the functions of diplomatic representatives in accordance international practice.
Sierra Leone 18 April 1961 See Cambodia–Sierra Leone relations
South Africa January 1985 See Cambodia–South Africa relations
  • The Embassy of South Africa in Bangkok, Thailand, is accredited to Cambodia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cambodia country brief – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brunei-Cambodia Relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Brunei). Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  3. ^ ממלכת קמבודיה, באתר משרד החוץ
  4. ^ "Embassy of Japan in Cambodia". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Foreign Embassies in Phnom Penh". Royal Embassy of Cambodia. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cambodia Missions Worldwide". Royal Embassy of Cambodia. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Baird, Ian G. (June 2010). "Different views of history: Shades of irredentism along the Laos – Cambodia border" (PDF). Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 41 (2): 187–213. doi:10.1017/s0022463410000020. 
  8. ^ Kun Makara (24 September 2012). "Malaysia-Cambodia trade increases". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cambodia, Malaysia pledge to further trade, investment relations". People's Daily Online. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
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  11. ^ a b "Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea-Asia Pacific". Retrieved 14 May 2016. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Cambodia – Bilateral Relations – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  13. ^$file/List%20of%20Cambodia.pdf?openelement
  14. ^ a b "Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Entering Finland and travelling abroad: Cambodia". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia – Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Entering Finland and travelling abroad: Diplomatic representation of Cambodia in Finland". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Entering Finland and travelling abroad: Finnish missions in Cambodia". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  17. ^ Pantheon-Sorbonne University (ed.). "La visite du général de Gaulle à Phnom Penh. Entre mythes et réalités". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bilateral Relations: Cambodia". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Greece). 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "Membres" (in French). L'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. 2009. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  20. ^ "Bilateral Agreements – MFA of Latvia". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Cambodia – Establishment of diplomatic relations between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of Malta". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Cambodia". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "Bilateral relations Switzerland–Cambodia". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  25. ^ Ly Menghour (30 January 2014). "English Foreign Minister Visits Cambodia". RFI Khmer. 
  26. ^ "British Embassy Phnom Penh – GOV.UK". Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  27. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  28. ^ "Cambodia, Ivory Coast parliament chiefs vow to bolster bilateral ties". Globaltimes. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

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