Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said he will continue developing the nation through diplomatic overtures during overseas trips in the coming months.
Speaking with workers in Kandal province, Mr Hun Sen said he will attend the 33rd Asean Summit in Singapore on November 11.
“This week, I am here and talk to all of you, but next week I will go to join the Asean Summit in Singapore,” he said. “I must go.”
“From now until the end of this year, I might go abroad at least three more times,” he added, noting that on top of the summit in Singapore, he will also pay official visits to Nepal and Laos.
“This is the work of the premier, who has to work for the nation both within and outside the country.”
Mr Hun Sen did not confirm the exact date of his official visits, but noted he will be in Nepal in late November, when he will join an international conference.
In a meeting between Mr Hun Sen and Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli in New York in September, Mr Hun Sen announced that both countries will sign documents on bilateral cooperation during his visit.
Among the agreements are exemption visa issuances for diplomatic and government passport holders; investment protection; political discourse between ministries; and cooperation in economic, political and cultural sectors.
Mr Hun Sen defended his trips yesterday, noting that some have criticized them for not producing any concrete developments for the nation.
“I went abroad and received scholarships for our students, guaranteed international cooperation on politics, the economy, security and defence,” he said, noting that Cambodia will host the Asia-Europe Meeting in 2020 which is a diplomatic achievement.