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Heng Samrin to attend parliamentary forum in Canberra

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National Assembly president Heng Samrin is in Australia to attend the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, which focuses on strengthening cooperation in the region.

Mr Samrin left the Kingdom on Saturday. He will return on January 17.

The APPF is taking place at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra today until Thursday.

Mr Samrin during his visit is expected to deliver a speech on peace, security and sustainable development during the forum, said National Assembly spokesman Leng Pheng Long yesterday.

“This forum is very important in strengthening cooperation and maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Pheng Long said.

He added Mr Samrin will hold a bilateral talk with the president of the Australian Parliament and other members.

APPF was founded in Japan in 1993. It aims to promote peace and sustainable development and promote cooperation among parliamentarians around the world, according to the Office of the Council of Ministers.

It said APPF has 27 member countries and Cambodia joined in 1995.

Kin Phea, director-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, yesterday said the National Assembly has played a significant role in maintaining regional peace.

“Our legislative body has participated in international and regional events,” Mr Phea said.

Chheang Vannarith, president of the Asian Vision Institute, last week said the National Assembly’s reputation has been gaining credibility since the Kingdom hosted last year’s APPF.

“Parliament members play increasingly important roles in promoting mutual understanding and building trust,” Mr Vannarith said. “They have also enhanced partnerships to address international issues and strengthen rules-based international order.”

The 27th Annual Meeting of Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum was hosted in Siem Reap province in January 2019.

It covered building trust for peace, security and sustainable development in the region, and combatting terrorism and transnational crime.

It also covered strengthening parliamentary cooperation and the responsible use of cyberspace for social progress.

Other key issues were the Rohingya crisis and peace and security on the Korean peninsula.

Mr Samrin during the closing ceremony of AMAPPF last year said the region must avoid military confrontation.

“We strongly supported all initiatives which aim to settle common problems through peaceful means and avoiding military confrontation, especially by boosting the role of parliaments in maintaining peace in the region and the world,” Mr Samrin said. “Peace and stability are preconditions for national construction and development, and a country can neither enjoy development nor prosperity if it faces war and instability.”

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