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PM Kishida Congratulates Hun Manet on Becoming Cambodia's New PM

PHNOM PENH: Japanese and Cambodian Prime Ministers Strengthen Ties and Cooperation During a recent visit to Indonesia for ASEAN-related Summit Meetings on September 7, Japanese Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio engaged in a 30-minute Summit Meeting with the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Manet. The meeting aimed to further enhance their countries' relations and cooperation. Here's a summary of the key points discussed:

Prime Minister Kishida congratulated Prime Minister Hun Manet on his appointment and expressed a strong desire to bolster the "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" between Japan and Cambodia. Both leaders emphasized their commitment to upholding a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

Japan expressed its interest in strengthening security cooperation through dialogue between the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Royal Cambodian Army. They also discussed the possibility of visits by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to the Ream Naval Base. Prime Minister Hun Manet highlighted the significance of security cooperation and welcomed the port calls by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Prime Minister Kishida conveyed Japan's intent to continue supporting Cambodia's economic and social development. He emphasized the importance of utilizing Japanese technology in the digital sector. Prime Minister Hun Manet expressed Cambodia's eagerness to cooperate further with Japan in the digital realm, an area of high importance for the Cambodian Government.

Japan stressed the importance of creating an environment where diverse opinions can be freely expressed in building a healthy democratic society. They pledged continued support for Cambodia's democratic development, a sentiment warmly received by Prime Minister Hun Manet.

Prime Minister Kishida mentioned the "ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Connectivity Initiative" and expressed the hope to announce a new vision for cooperation and concrete initiatives during the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in December.

Both leaders agreed to work closely together on regional and international issues, including addressing North Korean nuclear and missile concerns, the abductions issue, and reforming the United Nations Security Council.

This meeting reaffirms the strong ties between Japan and Cambodia, with a focus on cooperation in various areas, from security to economic development and digital technology, all aimed at fostering peace and prosperity in the region.



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