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India and Cambodia have historic relations and India is committed to take the relation to a newer level, the media quoted PM Modi as saying.

Samdech Hun Sen is in the country to participate in the ASEAN- Indian Commemorative Summit and held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today.

The Congress leader said that Hun Sen particularly spoke to the Congress president about his very close friendship with his father (then prime minister) Rajiv Gandhi. He said, in the last two decades, Cambodia has registered 7 percent economic growth annually while India is also one of the fastest growing economy in the world. "To that end, they support complete freedom of navigation and overflight and pacific resolution of maritime issues based on worldwide law, notably the1982 UNCLOS", it said, underlining the concerns shared by India and many other countries in the region and beyond.

"Since there are similarities in our values and culture, there can be a natural synergy in increasing trade between our two countries", he said.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday called on visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and discussed issues of bilateral interest.

Mr Sen was given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning.

"Cambodia's liberal economic policies and the establishment of the Asean Economic Community provides a good opportunity for Indian investment in Cambodia, especially in areas like health, pharmaceuticals, information technology, agriculture, automobiles, auto components and textiles". Mr Modi was among those present during the ceremony.

Hun Sen extended his visit to that of a State visit on Saturday.