Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday that the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits in Thailand had produced “significant results”, particularly in expanding cooperation with the bloc’s partners China, India, Russia, the US and Japan.
The prime minister returned from the meeting of the heads of Asean nations and other world leaders in the Thai capital Bangkok on Tuesday.
“The meeting provided an opportunity for all Asean members to discuss solutions for the important issues being faced and seek common interests for the entire Asean community and the world.
“In particular [we discussed] strengthening and expanding cooperation with Asean partners, including China, India, Russia, the US, South Korea and Japan, to promote sustainable development, stability, peace and prosperity. The 36th summit will be held in Vietnam,” Hun Sen wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
At the 22nd Asean-Japan Summit on Monday, Hun Sen said Cambodia supported the Japanese initiative to establish the Asean-Japan Dialogue on the Fourth Industrial Revolution so the bloc would be well positioned to reap advantages while reducing negative impacts, Hun Sen said.
The prime minister also called for continued efforts in clearing the region’s unexploded remnants of war.
“Cambodia encourages Japan to continue providing financial and technical assistance to the Asean Regional Centre for Mine Action, located in Phnom Penh, to enhance its working capacity,” Hun Sen said.
At the 11th Mekong-Japan Summit on Monday, the prime minister said, “while the world was facing uncertainty, Asean must come together to strengthen multilateralism, a key element for ensuring peace, security and prosperity in the region.
“In this spirit, Cambodia welcomed Japan’s commitment under the Indo-Pacific Free and Open Strategy to ensuring peace, stability, prosperity and connectivity for the region”.
Hun Sen said that at the 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Monday, the leaders of the nations concerned had praised the efforts of all those who had worked towards the draft of the free trade agreement, which all countries except the US and India are expected to sign next year.
They had achieved a modern, comprehensive and high-quality agreement – one that in particular provided special and separate treatments to less developed countries, the prime minister said.
The RCEP deal now includes all 10 Asean states plus China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
The 35th Asean Summit was held under the theme Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.
“We, the Heads of State/Government of Asean Member States, gathered in Bangkok for the 35th Asean Summit on 2-3 November 2019.
“We reiterated the importance of continuity and sustainability in Asean Community-building efforts and commit to continue promoting partnership for sustainability, within Asean and in Asean’s relations with the international community, in order to realise a people-oriented, people-centred Asean Community that leaves no one behind and looks to the future,” the Chairman’s Statement released on Sunday said.