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Prak Sokonn to attend ASEM meeting in Spain

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Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn will attend the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid from Sunday to Monday.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Mr Sokhonn will deliver a speech focusing on gender equality and the role of women in peace and security, especially as part of United Nations peacekeeping operations.

The Kingdom between 2006 and this year dispatched 6,350 soldiers, including 328 women, to UN peacekeeping mission locations around the world, according to the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance.

The statement said that Mr Sokhonn will also touch on counter-terrorism issues.

“Within the ASEM FMM14 Plenary session, [Mr Sokhonn] will also attend a working lunch formatted in a retreat session during which he will address on counter-terrorism issue,” it said.

It said that Mr Sokhonn will brief attendees during the meeting on the preparation for 13th ASEM Summit to be held in the Kingdom next year.

The statement said Mr Sokhonn will also hold a separate bilateral meeting with several Foreign Affairs Ministers and dignitaries from ASEM member countries.

Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong could not give further comment on the meetings.

“I cannot comment on the meetings between the two sides,” he said.

ASEM is a platform for cooperation between countries in Asia and Europe, which focuses on political, economic and cultural pillars.

The ministry said that ASEM meeting will be the Kingdom’s historical event in which it demonstrates the country’s active and constructive roles within the ASEM framework.

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