Cambodian and Malaysian Leaders Preside over an Iftar Dinner in Phnom Penh

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Honorable Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim presided over an Iftar dinner at Chroy Changvar International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh on May 27.

The event was attended by representatives from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, delegation from Indonesia and other diplomats together with 6,100 Cambodian Muslims.

The Honorable Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim expressed his delight to join Samdech Techo Hun Sen in this auspicious event.

In Malaysia, most people practice Islam and in Cambodia, the major religion is Buddhism, but both nations have maintained and promoted the dignity and harmony for all religious groups, he stressed.

For his part Samdech Techo Hun Sen reassured the religious freedom in the Kingdom. “Religious harmony is indispensable for building and ensuring peace and development. […]. Racial and religious differences are not an obstacle to socio-economic development,” he underlined.

The Iftar is the evening meal Muslims have to break their fast during Ramadan, the holy month of the Muslim communities, which is determined by the sighting of the new moon. During this holy month, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs to purify the soul, refocus attention to their faith, and practice self-sacrifice.

Cambodian Prime Minister has attended Iftar dinner since 2014.

Even though Buddhism is the state religion of Cambodia, the Royal Government fully guarantees the freedom of belief and religious harmony in the country.