Cambodian Communities in Australia and New Zealand Welcome Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Visit

Seven Cambodian associations based in Australia and New Zealand have expressed their welcome to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen's presence at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit to be held this weekend in Sydney, Australia.

We are honored to proclaim to all public bodies that we, the communities of seven Cambodian associations based in Australia and New Zealand, are very excited to having the most esteemed presence of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, one of the top leaders among ASEAN countries, who will lead the official Cambodian delegation to attend the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, which will be held from March 17-18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. This Special Summit is an historic and precious opportunity to strengthen Australia's strategic partnership with ASEAN and deliver tangible economic and security benefits for Australia as well as ASEAN, said the associations in a joint statement AKP received yesterday evening.

The most esteemed presence of Samdech Techo Hun Sen in this Special Summit exposes the national prestige, the equality of Cambodia in the international platform, it underlined. His presence is absolutely necessary for the successful cooperation between ASEAN and Australia.

Taking this opportunity, the seven Cambodian associations publicly declared their very warm welcome to the presence of Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his delegation and pronounced to oppose any attempted protest against his presence during his official visit and to affirm that such a protest is merely organised by few small groups of individuals and do not reflect the collective and common views or will of the entire Khmer people in Australia and New Zealand.

According to the joint statement, the seven associations are Cambodia Cultural Association Inc., Khmer-Australian Association of Queensland Inc., Khmer Australian Association of Victoria Inc., Cambodian Sydney's Youth Inc., Cambodia Friendship and Cultural Association of South Australia Inc., Cambodian Youth Association of Wellington Inc., and Hamilton-Phnom Penh; Khmer Association Inc.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen, accompanied by Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn; Senior Minister, Vice President of the Secretariat of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee, and President of the Anti-Corruption Unit H.E. Dr. Om Yentieng; and Minister of Commerce H.E. Pan Sorasak, as well as other members of the Royal Government of Cambodia, will depart for the summit in the evening of Mar. 15.

This ASEAN-Australia Special Summit will provide an important opportunity for the ASEAN Leaders and Australian Prime Minister to have frank and candid discussions on various topics of common interest, and to share their thought and vision on the future direction of the ASEAN-Australia relations, said a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, adding that the Leaders will separately meet with Australian students who are studying in ASEAN countries under the New Colombo Plan and ASEAN students who are studying in Australia under Australia's scholarship.

On the sidelines of the summit, it pointed out, the Cambodian Premier will hold bilateral talks with the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, and attend a working breakfast with H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and H.E. Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

While in Australia, Samdech Techo Prime Minister will also visit the Sydney Opera House, meet with Cambodian community as well as former Australian and Cambodian students.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press