​Phnom Penh (FN), Oct. 10 - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen participated in the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit from 9-10 October 2018​ in Tokyo, Japan. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.

​Samdech Techo Prime Minister, together with other Mekong leaders, paid a royal audience on His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, according to the foreign affairs ministry’s press release dated on Wednesday.

​Preceding the summit, Samdech Techo Prime Minister held official talks with H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, during which the two Prime Ministers noted with great satisfaction the progress of their bilateral cooperation in all areas, especially after the two countries elevated their cooperation to a strategic partnership level in 2013. Samdech Techo Prime Minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pay an official visit to Cambodia. In response, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted with pleasure and will find an appropriate time to come to Cambodia.

Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Mekong-Japan mechanism, the Leaders agreed to elevate this cooperation to a strategic partnership level. The Leaders adopted the “Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation” which encompasses three pillars, namely (i) Vibrant and Effective Connectivity, (ii) People-Centered Society, and (iii) Realization of a Green Mekong along with its detailed concrete Action Plan. The Strategy 2018 is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, and the ACMECS Master Plan.

Addressing the summit, Samdech Techo Prime Minister underlined the importance of promoting cooperation in the context of a strong “multilateralism” framework in order to promote peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world. He also stressed the importance of industry connectivity as a way to take up the challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and to exploit the potentials benefit of the digital economy.

Read full MoFAIC’s press release below: