National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday departed the Kingdom to attend the 40th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Thailand.
Mr Samrin and delegates left Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday to attend the meetings that will run from August 25 to 30 in Bangkok. The meetings will be held under the theme of “Advancing Parliamentary Partnership for Sustainability Community Development”.
Leng Pheng Long, National Assembly spokesman, said Mr Samrin and his Asean counterparts will participate in meetings of the executive committee, women parliamentarians of AIPA, as well as meeting of the committees on political matters, economic matters, social matters, organisation matters, and a dialogue with observers.
“It is a regular AIPA meeting and Samdech [Heng Samrin] will join many plenary sessions with his Asean counterparts in the meetings that I have mentioned,” Mr Pheng Long said.
Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the annual meeting will discuss regional issues.
“Cambodia will discuss regional issues within the framework of AIPA,” he said.
Formed on September 2, 1977, AIPA serves as the centre of communication and information among member parliaments which consist of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.