Rwanda lobbies for top OIF position

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The African nation of Rwanda has asked Cambodia to support the candidacy of its Foreign Affairs Minister as secretary-general of the Organisation International de la Francophonie.

The request was made during a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo.

“Her Excellency’s visit was to ask for Cambodia’s support for candidacy as OIF secretary-general,” Mr Sokhonn said. “Her candidacy is also being supported by members of the African Union.”

Mr Sokhonn added that Ms Mushikiwabo pledged that she would enhance youth cooperation between the two nations if she’s elected.

“She said that she would focus on each member state to implement freedom and humanitarian reforms,” he said.

Mr Sokhonn noted that he had informed Ms Mushikiwabo that a letter of request has been sent to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s office for approval.

“The Foreign Ministry submitted the request to the head of the government,” he said. “We’ll find out on the day of the election.”

The OIF is a 58-member state organisation with 26 observing nations.

The current secretary-general is held by former Canadian Governor General Michaella Jean.

In a statement published by the ministry, both ministers will visit French-speaking countries in Indochina between August 6 and 13.

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