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Cambodia Committed to Promoting Cultural Diversity in ASEAN

Cambodia is committed to promoting the cultural diversity and preserving the ASEAN’s shared heritage, said H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia during the 56th ASEAN Day Celebration held on Monday.

“ASEAN is a melting pot of cultures, languages, and traditions, but our shared commitment to building a better future for our region is what unites us,” she said.

H.E. Ms. Phoeurng Sackona continued that this expression captures the essence of what ASEAN is and what we stand for which has been instrumental in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in our region and beyond.

Together, all ASEAN nations have forged a strong and resilient community that is guided by the principles of mutual respect, solidarity, and shared responsibility, the Cambodian culture minister said, underlining that the comprehensive and visionary framework for our future: the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 articulates the common aspirations to achieve a politically cohesive, economically integrated, and socially responsible community that is people-oriented and people-centered.

H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona also highlighted the importance of culture as a key element of the ASEAN identity and community.

“ASEAN is the home of rich and diverse cultural heritage that reflects our long history and civilisation. Culture is at the heart of our societies, and it plays a critical role in shaping our identities and enriching our lives. As we celebrate the ASEAN Day, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the cultural heritage and Cambodia is proud to contribute to the rich cultural tapestry of ASEAN.”

H.E. Ms. Phoeurng Sackona added that Cambodia is the home to the many magnificent tangible cultural heritage including Angkor Wat, a World Heritage Site and one of the most important cultural landmarks in the world.

“Our tremendous intangible cultural heritages such as music, dance, visual arts and craft and other forms of traditional arts and expressions are a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of Cambodian people. They are an expression of our identity, our values, our aspirations as well as our history,” she pointed out.

H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona stated that as a whole, ASEAN cultural treasures are not only our legacy from the past but also our inspiration for the present and future. They enrich our lives with beauty and make them meaningful. They foster mutual understanding and respect among our diverse people. They enhance our sense of belonging and pride as ASEAN citizens.

“It is also important to know that ASEAN cultural treasures contribute to our socio-economic development by generating income and employment opportunities for local communities. They stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging new forms of cultural expression and exchange. Therefore, it is imperative that we protect and promote our culture as an integral part of our ASEAN community building process,” she said.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse