Selected Off-the-Cuff Comments at the Closing of the Annual Review Conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Official Announcement that Cambodia Will Host the 13th ASEM Summit in 2020 [Unofficial Translation]

• […] I do not intend to use this forum to criticize Europe. I wanted countries in ASEAN, Cambodia is one of them, to learn lesson from principles of consensus and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. It was the principle of consensus that unites ASEAN, though it was sometimes difficult to get to a decision. However, it keeps ASEAN away from division since they do not seek to resolve problems through voting […]

• […] ASEAN also has its own initiative on Indo-Pacific concept. We are seeking to synthesize regional initiatives, the belt and road also included […] under the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, India raised its “Look East” view. Now, the government of Prime Minister Norendra Modi talked about its “Act East” policy. We must reach out to this decision. South Korea initiated its Look South policy too. We must in this case synthesize those initiatives in the interest of ASEAN and serve as the center of solidarity between and among states […]

• In the region, there are countries that create Ministry of Science and Technology. I decided to readjust focus of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft to become the Ministry of Industry, Technology and Innovation. The Minister, HE Cham Prasidh, will lead this work, and seek to amend related laws and by laws at the National Assembly, while redrafting a sub-decree of law on organization and functioning of the Ministry. It will create units that conducts scientific and technological studies and researches […] to cope up with the industry 4.0 era […]

• […] I continue to stand firm on my position to allow no one to lead our nose around and we will not trade national sovereignty with favor or assistance of any form. (That would be lack of value and cheap) should we not be able to implement our laws and act according to what is required by others. Would we be still a country of independence and sovereignty? In the past, we could survive under economic embargo around us, though we had relations only with the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries’ bloc or CMEA, plus supports from Vietnam, Laos, and India. At present, we have many trade and business partners […]

Samdech Techo Hun Sen,
Closing Annual Meeting of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and International Cooperation, 31 January 2020.

Opening Ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Summit 2019 – Cambodia [Unofficial Translation]

Lok Chumteav Hak Ja Han Moon, Co-Founder of the Global Peace Federation; E. Jose De Cenecia, Founding President of ICAPP; Excellencies Heads of States/Governments, Ex Heads of States/ Governments, President of Parliament; Samdech, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished National and International Guests! Today, I am very proud and delighted to participate in the Opening Ceremony…

Czech – an Old and Close Friend Who Continues Supporting Cambodia on Its Path of Democracy, Peace and Sustainable Development [Unofficial Translation]

First of all please allow me to express my profoundly sincere appreciation to the Czech government and HE (Andrej) Babis for warmly welcoming me and the Cambodian delegation during our stay in the beautiful capital of Prague. This is my fourth time to visit Prague. I conducted visit to Prague in between 1979 and 1984…

Excerpts from Exclusive Interview Given to China-Cambodia Friendship Radio, China Central Television, and Xinhua News Agency on the 70th Founding Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China [Unofficial Translation]

Question 1: […] this year is the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, what are your personal impressions on achievements scored by China in its 70 years’ development? […] First of all, Cambodia is so happy and congratulating China’s 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic. In fact, at the time that…

Selected Joint Press Briefing by Samdech Techo Hun Sen and Prime Minister of LPDR HE Thongloun Sisoulith [Unofficial Translation]

Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen [1]: HE Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith His Excellency, Ladies, Gentlemen, Reporters Elevating Trusted Strategic Comprehensive Partnerships Today is an historic development in the relations between the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and the Kingdom of Cambodia. What we have done on this day, I should emphasize, is that…

Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Press Briefing on Cambodia-Malaysia Relations, Regional and World Developments [Unofficial Translation]

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia and I have just wrapped up bilateral discussion in a pleasant, close and fraternal atmosphere. First of all, let me express my sincerely profound thank for Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for doing us the honor of conducting his official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia today for the…

Remark at the Opening Ceremony of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) under the topic of “Strengthening Parliamentary Partnership for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development”

Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, President of the Senate of Cambodia; Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of National Assembly of Cambodia, and President of the 27th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum; Excellencies, Delegates of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum member countries; Excellencies, Distinguished National and International Guests! On behalf of the Royal…