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PM Prepares for Official Visits to US, Cuba and Japan

Prime Minister Hun Sen is preparing for a multi-country trip to deliver a speech in New York before heading to Cuba for bilateral meetings, and Japan to attend the late-PM’s state funeral
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at an event in August 2022. Kiripost/SPS Page
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at an event in August 2022. Kiripost/SPS Page

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Prime Minister Hun Sen will deliver a speech at the 77th Session of the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York this week, followed by an official visit to Cuba and then Japan.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the session will be held under the theme "A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges".

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Hun Sen asked for understanding from supporters that he will not be able to organize a meeting in New York because he will be there a short time and he already met them during a trip there in May.

The session will be held from September 21 to 23 and Hun Sen will deliver Cambodia's national statement on the country's constructive role in supporting rule-based multilateralism, the coordinated fight against emerging global health threats, climate change, strengthening multilateral trade systems, digital policies and green economy.

Cambodia's ASEAN chairmanship and efforts to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 and sustain long-term socio-economic growth will also be discussed in the speech, the ministry said.

During his stay in the US, Hun Sen will also attend a series of meetings with UN Secretary-GeneraI Antonio Guterres, European Council President Charles Michel, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Timor-Leste President José Manuel Ramos Horta.

The Cambodian premier will also pay an official visit to Cuba from September 23 to 25, where he will meet President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez to discuss bilateral relations.

Hun Sen and Bermudez will witness the signing of five documents, including a program of cultural exchange, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on diplomatic academies, a MoU on sports development and cooperation plans between the two foreign ministries, and a MoU on health cooperation.

While accompanying Hun Sen to attend the 77th UN sessions, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn will attend the Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (IAMM) to be held on the sidelines of the 77th UNGA, and have several meetings with other foreign ministers.

Hun Sen will then depart Havana for Tokyo to attend the State Funeral for late Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, to be held on September 27.