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Cambodia hosts the 55th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

Bùi Thanh Sn, the foreign affairs minister for Vietnam, attended the 55th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-55), which got underway on Wednesday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

After two years of disruptions brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak, the top diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and significant partner nations are meeting in person for the first time.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen spoke during the opening ceremony, recalling the Asean’s 55-year history and its extraordinary successes that have transformed Southeast Asia into a region of cooperation, growth, and trust.

He emphasized the regional and global instability brought on by the multifaceted effects of COVID-19, conflicts between important nations, and the crises in Myanmar and Ukraine.

The PM noted that Asean and the region as a whole have experienced such hardship due to non-traditional concerns like climate change, natural catastrophes, energy security, and food security.

More than ever, Asean must come together, assert its importance, and work to create a unified, diverse, and cooperative society, according to Hun Sen.

Asean, which has as its motto “Addressing Challenges Together,” must demonstrate its commitment to overcoming obstacles together by, among other things, accelerating post-pandemic recovery, putting the RCEP into effect, and finalizing a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) that is effective and compliant with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), he said.

He urged Asean to explore creating an Asean Green Deal, improve coordination in reacting to climate change and environmental degradation, and fully implement the RCEP.

Sn visited PM Hun Sen just before the opening ceremony, together with the FMs of the other Asean countries.

The ministers thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian government for their cordial welcome and reaffirmed their commitment to helping this summit run smoothly and helping Cambodia carry out its duties as the Asean Chair in 2022.

In a meeting with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Prak Sokhonn, the Vietnamese Foreign Minister also discussed how the two nations might work together to properly arrange the event.

They decided to strengthen the relations between their two nations’ long-standing friendship and partnership by continuing and enhancing the exchange of high-level delegations and meetings, as well as extensive cooperation mechanisms. This year, Vietnam and Cambodia hope to increase their two-way trade value to more than USD 10 billion.

In order to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and strengthen their cooperation in the areas of defense-security, agriculture, education and training, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges, the two nations intend to hold a number of events throughout the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2022.

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