The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday issued a statement highlighting Prime Minister Hun Sen’s speech and achievements during the 34th Asean Summit over the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, Mr Hun Sen was joined by other Asean leaders such as Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamed.
The theme for this year’s summit was “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”. Discussions held focused on promoting cooperation and strengthening consensus among member states with the goal of addressing new global challenges.
According to the Foreign Ministry statement, Mr Hun Sen called on member states to protect and strengthen cooperation by respecting the sovereignty of each state.
“If we compare to the previous year, this year has been better for Asean, but the world is tense politically and economically,” he said, referring to the US-China trade war and war in the Middle East. “Cambodia understands that Asean must continue to protect and strengthen cooperation through strictly respecting the sovereignty of states.”
The statement said Mr Hun Sen pushed for the realisation of seven Asean initiatives, including the continued stance on centrality and non-interference, the development of Asean Community and the Asean Smart Cities Network.
It noted that during the summit, member states adopted four documents, which are the Asean Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability, the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the Asean Region, the Asean Leaders’ Statement on the Asean Cultural Year 2019, and the Asean Outlook on Indo-Pacific.
The statement said Mr Hun Sen supported the adoption of these documents.
“Cambodia gave high value and support for priority directions and initiatives made by the Royal Thai Government for building an Asean community, which is part of the Asean Leaders’ Vision on Partnership for Sustainability,” Mr Hun Sen said.
The statement noted that Mr Hun Sen also expressed support goals set by Asean and the United Nations.
“Cambodia welcomes cooperation between Asean and the United Nations in order to realise the Complementarities Initiative between the Asean Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he said.
On Sunday, Mr Prayut said Asean must stand united.
“We in Asean never turned our backs on one another, but instead lend each other a helping hand out of a sense of unity in the Asean Community, One Community,” he said. “Today, our region remains peaceful, with no war and conflict, because in Asean, we are consistently reminded to respect difference and diversity and aspire to live together in peace and harmony.”