Prime Minister Hun Sen and a delegation of senior government officials yesterday flew to Hungary for a two-day official visit during which three memoranda of understanding will be signed.
They were seen off by senior government officials including Interior minister Sar Kheng, Defence Minister Tea Banh and Cabinet Minister Bin Chhin at Phnom Penh International Airport.
Sry Thamrong, Minister attached to the Prime Minister, told reporters at the airport that Mr Hun Sen will meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and later President János Áder and National Assembly president Laszlo Kover during his trip.
He said that during the visit Cambodia and Hungary will sign MoUs on cooperation and development, an education exchange programme and economic cooperation.
“Even if it is a short visit, Cambodia will have lots of benefits because Hungary is a country in the European Union,” Mr Thamrong said.
He said that on Saturday, Mr Hun Sen will attend the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He was invited by Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, who is also CICA chairman until 2020.
Mr Thamrong said that the meeting will focus on security challenges in the region and the world, unstable politics, the threat of nuclear weapons, terrorism and energy security.
“Leaders will exchange opinions and recommendations to find ways for nations to live in peace together, especially through building trust,” he noted.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement, CICA is a multinational forum aiming to enhance cooperation among member states in the areas of peace, security and stability. There are 26 permanent member states, including Cambodia, which became a CICA member in 2011.
Mr Thamrong said leaders from powerful countries such as Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladmir Putin will attend the meeting.
He added that Mr Hun Sen will hold bilateral talks with heads of state, including Mr Putin, Mr Emomali Rahmon, Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev before returning to the Kingdom on Sunday evening.