PM Hun Sen Requests U.S. To Increase Cooperation With ASEAN

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has asked the United States to further step up cooperation with the ASEAN in the areas involving the climate change, food security and environment.

Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen made the request while speaking at the first-ever U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting in Singapore on Nov. 15.

 “These are our concern,” he said, stressing on the need for transforming the cooperation into work plans and practical implementation.

The Unites States is seen as a capable country in providing financial resources and equipment and in transferring technical knowledge to guarantee the capacity building in disaster management and clean energy development as well as in dealing with food security and environment issues.

Cambodia understands that less-developed countries should get appropriate assistance and support from the developed nations to solve these challenging issues, underlined Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen.

Congratulating U.S. President Barack Obama on his receiving of Nobel Peace Prize, he said, “It is true that the new position of the U.S. foreign policy, through the new approach in the relationship, has made positive changes in the political situation and security in the world.

The U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting has certainly enhanced the U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership to another top level in guaranteeing peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of the ASEAN-member countries met for the first time in the first-ever U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting, which, according to Sry Thamrong, Delegate Minister to the Royal Government, was considered an historical event.

The U.S. and ASEAN leaders exchanged views on other regional and international issues, mainly the global economic and financial downturn, nuclear weapons, disasters management, energy and food security, and the counter-terrorism.

The meeting also reviewed the U.S.-ASEAN relations and cooperation over the past three decades and sought new objectives to ensure that the relations and cooperation are further strengthened and more effective in dealing with challenging issues in the region and the world at large. 

In 2008, the volume of U.S.-ASEAN trade exchanges was estimated at US$180 billion, while the U.S. investment in the ASEAN countries was around US$150 billion.

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