The Asia Europe Political Forum has recognised Prime Minister Hun Sen as honorary founding chairperson of the Asian Cultural Council, an affiliated institution of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties.
The forum issued a London communique after its latest meeting ended on Friday.
“The communique formally recognised Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen as honorary founding chairperson of the ACC,” the ruling CPP said.
It added that the forum also took note of Cambodia hosting the inaugural summit of the cultural council in Phnom Penh in the first quarter of 2019.
The recognition was made after Khuon Sudary, a CPP standing committee member, led a Cambodian delegation to take part in meetings of the standing committee and forum.
The party holds the vice-chairmanship of the standing committee and co-chairmanship of the forum.
The establishment of the cultural council was initiated by Cambodia, China, Nepal and Russia.
The forum discussed issues of great importance to both continents such as connectivity, climate change, and humanitarian and disaster relief.
The CPP said that the forum further recognised Cambodia’s role in securing an accord of cooperation between the cultural council and Unesco. The accord is expected to be signed later this year.
The CPP said that in the meeting of the ICAPP’s standing committee, the committee expressed its appreciation to the Prime Minister for the honorary position of the cultural council and his commitment to promoting cultural and social connectivity between Europe and Asia.
ICAPP was launched in the Philippines in 2000 and includes representatives of more than 350 parties in 52 countries. The CPP has been an active member since 2005.