Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who called on President Pratibha Patil on Monday, said Cambodia looked forward to continued assistance from India on providing lines of credit, particularly for agriculture that remains a priority area for his country.

An agreement for a line of credit for $15 million from India to Cambodia for the completion of the Stung Tassal Water Development Project was signed. Mr. Hun Sen said his government would putforward four proposals for projects to develop irrigation and water resources. He said cooperation in the area of oil and gas, mineral exploitation, agriculture and tourism must be expanded. To achieve this it was essential to have direct air links. The special regard Cambodia has for India was evident on Tuesday in the elaborate yet warm welcome extended by King Norodom Sihamoni to Ms. Patil.

Ms. Patil paid a visit to the Independence monument built in 1958, and held separate meetings with President of the Cambodian Senate Chea Sim, President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin, and Mr. Hun Sen.

An MoU between the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the National Audit Authority of India in the area of capacity building was signed between the two countries.

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