PHNOM PENH, July 14 (FN) — Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen flew to Mongolian capital Ulan Bator on Thursday for the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit, to be held on July 15 and 16, a senior official said.

Sry Thamarong, minister attached to the prime minister, said the summit will discuss many important issues, namely assessment of ASEM's past 20 years' experience, building hard and soft connectivity between Asia and Europe, and future generation of ASEM.

"The summit is very important to enhance relations and cooperation between Asia and Europe for common development and prosperity," he told reporters at Phnom Penh international airport before the departure.

He said the summit will also touch on climate change, sustainable development and multilateral trading systems, disaster risk reduction and management, energy security, food security, water management, and regional and international issues.

He added that there will be a retreat session on July 16 in which the ASEM leaders will discuss a wide range of issues, including anti-terrorism, migration, human rights, interreligious understanding, anti-money laundering, and combating drug trafficking, cross-border crimes and human trafficking.

According to the official, Hun Sen will address the plenary session of the summit on the topic "Soft Connectivity".