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Historical & Cultural Relations
Historically, India-Cambodia relations are a product of Hindu and Buddhist religious and cultural influences, emanating out of India in the 4th-6th century AD, to various parts of South-East Asia. Though Cambodia, like most of its neighbors, is a Buddhist nation, there is a strong influence of Hindu rituals, idolatry and mythology. The pervading influence of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indian architecture, is borne out by the structures at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, and other religious and historical sites in Cambodia. This is glorious testimony of the profound cultural and social basis of India-Cambodia historical relationship.

After the 15th century, contacts between India and Cambodia decreased significantly, under the onslaught of European powers seeking colonies in South- East Asia, and thereafter in South Asia. Indo-Cambodian bilateral relations in the post Second World War period commenced with the Indian independence in 1947. This was the period of overthrow of colonialism in many countries of Asia and Africa. The first real and meaningful contact between India and Cambodia began at the forum of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Political Relations
The India-Cambodian political relations can be described as very warm and cordial. In the 1950s, India was associated with the International Control Commission on Indo-China. India’s contribution as co-Chairman of this Commission came in for widespread appreciation in Cambodia. From the 1970s, Cambodia had a very disturbed and traumatic period lasting approximately three decades. In 1981, India recognized the Heng Samrin regime and opened its Embassy, when much of the world shunned the country. India was counted amongst its very few friends. India’s association with the Paris Peace Accords, and the intense interaction at high levels which preceded their finalization in 1991, is fondly remembered by the Cambodian leadership. During the visit of PM Hun Sen to India in Dec 2007, seven agreements/MOUs were signed on Credit line, Defense cooperation, Water resources management, Transfer of sentenced persons, Agricultural development, Oil and Natural Gas and Foreign Office Consultations.

High level bilateral visits from Cambodia
  • King Norodom Sihanouk, 1957
  • Mr. Hun Sen, Foreign Minister, August 1981
  • Mr. Heng Samrin, President and Mr. Hun Sen, Foreign Minister, November, 1984
  • PM Hun Sen, 1988 (on two occasions), October 1990, and October 1991
  • Prince Norodom Sirivudh, Dy. PM & Foreign Minister, June 4-7, 1994
  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh, First Prime Minister, January 29-February 1, 1996
  • PM Hun Sen, February 17-19, 2000
  • Mr. Hor Namhong, Foreign Minister, March 2002
  • Mr. Im Chunn Lim, Minister for Land Management, Urban Planning & Construction in November, 2002
  • Mr. Mok Mareth, Minister of Environment in December, 2002
  • HRH Princess Bopha Devi, Minister of Culture & Fine Arts in July, 2003
  • HRH Princess Bopha Devi, Minister of Culture & Fine Arts in February 2004
  • Mr. Lay Prohas, Minister of Tourism in October, 2004
  • Dr. Kol Pheng, Minister of Education, Youth & Sports in January, 2005
  • Mr. Em Sam En, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior in December, 2005
  • Mr. Lay Prohas, Minister of Tourism in July, 2006
  • Dy PM and Foreign Minister, Hor Namhong, May 2007
  • PM Hun Sen, December 2007
  • Dr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce, Sep 2008
  • Mr. Min Khin, Minister of Cults & Religions, Sept 2010 / Oct 2010
  • Dr. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Commerce, March 2011
  • Mr. Hor Namhong, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, February, 2012.
  • H.E. Vice Admiral Tea Vinh, Commander-in-Chief of Royal Cambodian Navy, March 2012.
High level bilateral visits from India
  • Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister,1954
  • Mr. K. Natwar Singh, MOS (External Affairs), July, 1987
  • Mr. Ram Niwas Mirdha, Minister of Textiles, January, 1989.
  • Mr. Eduardo Faleiro, MOS for External Affairs, December, 1991
  • Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister, January, 1996
  • Mr. Krishan Kant, Vice President, June, 2001
  • Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister, April, 2002 & Nov, 2002
  • Mr. Yashwant Sinha, External Affairs Minister, June, 2003
  • Mr. Arun Jaitley, Commerce & Industry Minister, September, 2003
  • Mrs. Renuka Chowdhury, MOS for Tourism, October, 2005
  • Mr. E. Ahmed, MOS for External Affairs, May, 2006
  • Prof. Saifuddin Soz,Minister for Water resources in February 2008.
  • Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister of Panchayati Raj and DONER in Jan 2009
  • Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister of Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs (June 2010).
  • Hon'ble President of the Republic of India, Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil visited Cambodia on a State visit from Sept 13 to 18th , 2010 on the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni.
  • Dr Karan Singh, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) visited Cambodia from July 02 – July 05, 2011
Important Streets, public places named after Indian leaders
The capital city Phnom Penh has a street (street 215) named after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. A bust of Mahatma Gandhi, gifted by India, has been established at a prominent location on Norodom Blvd near the Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh

Visa Details
A visa on arrival valid for a thirty-day stay is issued to tourists at a cost of US$20 and to businessmen at a cost of US$25 at the Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport and International Border Checkpoints. Visas are also issued at Royal Cambodian Embassies or Consulates in foreign countries. Visa can be extended at the Immigration Department in Phnom Penh.

For Visa details, check the website: http://evisa.mfaic.gov.kh/e-visa/vindex.aspx

Air links with India / Convenient Travel Routes
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have daily flights from / to Bangkok, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Singapore, from where convenient connections are available for India and vice versa. A sum of US$ 25/- on account of Passenger Service Charge is required to be paid at the airports by each departing international passenger.
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