Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday will lead a delegation to Brussels to attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting summit, an Asian-European political dialogue forum.
Mr Hun Sen is slated to attend the summit on Thursday and Friday at the invitation of President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement issued on Sunday.
Mr Hun Sen will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol, along with senior government officials and business leaders from the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce.
The summit will be held under the theme “Europe and Asia: Global Partners for Global Challenges”, and aims to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe as the two regions strive to build synergy to boost trade and investment, connectivity, sustainable development and climate change, the ministry noted.
Mr Hun Sen will deliver remarks at a plenary session under the sub-theme “Reinforcing the multilateral system: Advancing the ASEM partnership on global issues”, the ministry added.
Mr Hun Sen will also hold separate bilateral meetings with counterparts Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
Mr Hun Sen will also meet with members of the Cambodian community and students living and studying in Belgium.
Local media here yesterday released a series of video interviews with Cambodians living in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany, in which they challenged former opposition leader Sam Rainsy who has vowed to rally protesters in Brussels ahead of Mr Hun Sen’s visit.
Soursdey who is living in Geneva, Switzerland considered Mr Hun Sen a role model leading the Kingdom toward peace and development.
“I am so happy to see him and I cannot wait to hear what he will say in the gathering. Am I being hired to see him? Of course not, Cambodian people living here are well educated. I will take leave from work to come here. I am eager to meet him,” Mr Soursdey said.
During his trip to the UN in New York last month, Mr Hun Sen met with about 2,000 Cambodians living in the US and Canada, addressing them in a meeting during which he cautioned them against Mr Rainsy’s underhand tactics.
Mr Hun Sen told his supporters that Mr Rainsy and other former opposition members could not be trusted since they made promises to people that cannot be kept.
Mr Hun Sen added that Mr Rainsy continued to call for protests against him, but his gatherings with supporters always outnumbered the demonstrations.