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Cuban PM to visit Cambodia next week: foreign ministry

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz will pay an official visit to Cambodia from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6, where a number of bilateral documents are expected to be signed, the Cambodian foreign ministry said in a press statement on Saturday.

In Phnom Penh, Marrero will have a bilateral meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and then both leaders will preside over the signing ceremony of a number of documents covering bilateral cooperation in sports, education, culture as well as in other domains, the statement said.

The Cuban prime minister's visit "will reaffirm the long-standing and friendly relations between Cambodia and Cuba and underscores the need to further deepen and broaden cooperation for the greater benefits of the two countries and peoples," the statement said.

During the visit, Marrero will be granted a royal audience by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and will also pay courtesy calls on Senate President Samdech Say Chhum and National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin, it said.

Marrero's scheduled visit to Cambodia came just days after Hun Sen paid an official visit to Cuba from Sept. 23-25, where three memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the fields of health, education and diplomacy were inked.