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More than 20 countries to attend parliamentary forum in Siem Reap

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The forum takes place later this month. KT/Chor Sokunthea

More than 20 countries will send representatives to attend the 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum from January 14 to January 17 in Siem Reap.

The annual meeting was discussed by the National Assembly yesterday.

Leng Peng Long, National Assembly spokesman, yesterday said this year’s topic will be “Strengthening Parliamentary Partnership for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development”.

“More than 200 people from 21 countries will participate in the meeting in Siem Reap province from January 14 to January 17,” Mr Peng Long said, noting that some of the countries include Australia, Russia, China, Japan, Canada, Chile, Singapore, South Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos.

“Top leaders of Cambodia will participate in the APPF, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, Say Chhum and Heng Samrin,” Mr Peng Long said.

According to a National Assembly document obtained yesterday, Mr Samrin and Khuon Sudary, second vice president of the National Assembly, will also address attendees during the first day of the event.

On January 15, a royal message from King Sihamoni will be delivered, followed by Japanese politician Takuji Yanagimoto, Mr Hun Sen and Mr Samrin.

Ms Sudary yesterday said a meeting with the Asia Cultural Council is also expected to be held on the same days as the APPF meeting at the same hotel in Siem Reap.

She said that the decision to combine both meetings was made so foreign delegations have the opportunity to attend them.

“These events will become mandatory for our nation,” she said. “It will attract national and international guests.”

A budget for the two meetings have not yet been disclosed by the National Assembly.

However, Cheam Yeap, a member of parliament, yesterday said Cambodia should benefit from these meetings.

“We spend money, but we also need to gain reputation in return,” Mr Yeap said.

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