Phnom Penh (FN), May. 7 – Cambodian Senate President, Samdech Techo Hun Sen met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of the State Administration Council of Myanmar, on Tuesday (May. 7) via video conference.

To begin, Samdech Techo was delighted to once again meet with Min Aung Hlaing and thanked him for the congratulatory message on his election as President of the Senate. He stated that the purpose of the discussion was to exchange updates on developments in Myanmar and explore possibilities for mutual visits.

Taking that opportunity, Samdech Techo reiterated his request for Min Aung Hlaing to consider facilitating a virtual meeting between Samdech Techo and Aung San Suu Kyi by highlighting their past collaboration as colleagues over many years in ASEAN affairs.

At the same time, Samdech Techo underlined the importance of implementing the Five-Point Consensus and expressed hope that progress in this regard would contribute to the peace process, with Myanmar taking a leadership role.

Samdech Techo also welcomed the decision of the State Administration Council to send non-political representatives to the Foreign Ministerial Meeting in January and encouraged Myanmar to continue appointing representatives to key ASEAN meetings.

For his part, Min Aung Hlaing once again extended his congratulations to Samdech Techo on his election as President of the Senate. He expressed gratitude towards Samdech Techo and highly valued his contribution during his visit to Myanmar, acknowledging the efforts in resolving the Myanmar issue while Samdech Techo was ASEAN Chairman.

Min Aung Hlaing affirmed his commitment to continue sending non-political representatives to the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings. He also pledged to carefully consider other proposals and assured that a special envoy would be dispatched to Cambodia in the near future to further discuss these matters. He also expressed openness to learn from the National Election Committee of Cambodia's experiences regarding the organization of free, fair, and transparent elections.

In the video conference, both leaders also engaged in discussions and exchanged views on cultural and sports cooperation.