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PM to lead delegation to Japan for summit

A girl balances on poles above the mud left by receded floodwaters outside her home in Kandal province last week. The Mekong-Japan summit will address water-resource management.

PRIME Minister Hun Sen is to lead a delegation today to take part in the first Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Held between November 6 and 7, the summit is designed to strengthen inter-regional ties and address common issues, such as management of the Mekong region’s water resources and address climate change.

Cambodia’s delegation will include Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Cham Prasidh, minister of commerce.

“This forthcoming summit clearly demonstrates the political commitment at the highest level of the Mekong countries and Japan for a
comprehensive development of the Mekong region, including management of the Mekong River,” the statement said.

During his stay, Hun Sen is scheduled to meet Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito at his royal palace; Takahiro Yokomichi, speaker of the house of representatives; and Eda Satsuki, president of the house of councillors. The premier will also hold bilateral talks with Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s new prime minister.

At the end of the summit, Hun Sen will attend a joint press conference and signing ceremony on the Tokyo Declaration on a “New Partnership for the Common Flourishing Future” of Japan and the Mekong-region countries, appended to the Japan-Mekong Action Plan.

Sri Thamrong, an adviser to Hun Sen, said full details of the agenda would be made public immediately before the premier departs Phnom Penh today.



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