Oct 13, 2012

Japan - Japan's PM to attend 21st ASEAN Summit in Cambodia in Nov

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will visit Cambodia next month to attend the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related Summits, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tsuyoshi Saito confirmed on Tuesday.

Speaking in a meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong here, Saito said that the upcoming visit of Yoshihiko Noda to Cambodia, besides attending ASEAN Summits, is to strengthen relations and cooperation between the two countries, according to Koy Kuong, spokesman for Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to enhance bilateral ties between Cambodia and Japan and between the ASEAN and Japan.

In addition, they exchanged views on regional issues such as the South China Sea and East China Sea issues, and both sides expressed their desire to see peaceful solutions to the disputes, Koy Kuong told reporters after the one-hour meeting.

Hor Namhong told Saito that all concerned parties in the South China Sea and East China Sea issues are Cambodia's friends. As the chair of the ASEAN, Cambodia's stance is clear that disputes shall be solved peacefully based on international laws.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cambodia will host the 21st ASEAN Summit and related Summits on Nov. 15-20 in Phnom Penh.


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