Japanese foreign minister set to discuss security with Cambodia
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi announced that he will discuss security cooperation with Cambodia during his August 3 visit, saying such talks are warranted as the international community is facing difficult situations. complicated, including the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, North Korea’s nuclear programs, the current Myanmar crisis and the contentious South China Sea.
Hayashi is due to attend the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings, which will officially begin on August 3.
In a message the day before his arrival, Hayashi said he would meet Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn on the sidelines of discussions on developments at the port of Sihanoukville, a “central port for cooperation in the field of security”. .
At the 55th AMM, he applauded Sokhonn and all ministry officials for their dedication to preparing and coordinating meetings as ASEAN Chair.
“We are currently facing complex global and regional political issues. In such circumstances, the meetings will be an important forum to confirm and disseminate the values and principles that the international community should uphold,” he said.
Last March, Prime Minister Hun Sen met with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida during his visit to Cambodia, where the two issued a joint statement setting the goal of cooperation in the future.
Hayashi said the two governments will continue to work hard to implement the joint statement so that it becomes practical cooperation.
Hayashi also deeply thanked the Cambodian government and people for their condolences following the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“This warm gesture moved me and I was glad to know that Japan has many friends in Cambodia,” he said, adding that he hoped the ties of friendship between the two nations would continue. would further strengthen.
Yang Kim Eng, chairman of the People’s Center for Development and Peace, said Japan was particularly concerned about security issues because it is close to both China and Russia. Russia had threatened Japan in the past, and due to disputes between Ukraine and the South China Sea, Japan made efforts to expand its military.
“Discussions with other members of the international community will help Japan feel less isolated and less concerned,” he said.
“Because Cambodia is the seat of ASEAN, it is also a good opportunity for Japan to seize. They have traditionally had close relations with Cambodia,” he added.
Separately, Sokhonn and her Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan officially opened the Cambodia-Singapore Cooperation Center at the ICON building in the capital‘s Chamkarmon district on Aug. 2.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry was unavailable for comment, saying he was busy with work.