Cambodia and Hungary are expected to sign two agreements, including one on an education exchange programme, during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Budapest on Thursday.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement issued yesterday, Mr Hun Sen will have separate meetings with Hungarian leaders, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Mr Hun Sen will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn, Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak, and other senior government officials.
Mr Hun Sen and Mr Orbán are to discuss issues with the objective to promote and strengthen existing bilateral relations, as well as multilateral fore cooperation.
“During this visit, two documents, namely the Agreement on Economic Cooperation and the Exchange of Education Programme, will be signed,” the statement said, noting that Mr Hun Sen will be in Hungary until Friday.
On June 15, Mr Hun Sen will attend the 5th Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He was invited by President Emomali Rahmon, who is also CICA chairman until 2020.
Mr Hun Sen will deliver remarks highlighting common challenges to the Asian region. He will also share insight on how Asia could collectively tackle security, economic and political issues through building trust among CICA member states.
Additionally, Mr Hun Sen will hold bilateral meetings with Mr Rahmon and other heads of states from participating countries.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry statement, CICA is a multinational forum aiming to enhance cooperation among its member states in the areas of peace, security and stability. There are 26 permanent member states, including Cambodia, which became CICA member in 2011.
During a graduation ceremony last week, Mr Hun Sen called on Cambodians living in Europe to prepare for his upcoming visit. He also announced that he will visit Geneva in Switzerland early next month.
“I would like to tell all brothers and sisters in Europe, both who are preparing to protest and those who are preparing to welcome me,” Mr Hun Sen said. “I will be landing on European soil in Hungary’s Budapest and Geneva in Switzerland.”