Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen yesterday afternoon received a delegation of Cambodian youth for the 39th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) at the Peace Palace.
Mr. Sreang Kimly, head of the 29-member delegation, informed Samdech Techo Hun Sen that the group will attend the 39th SSEAYP from Oct. 23 to Dec. 14, 2012, H.E. Ieng Sophalet, Assistant to the Cambodian premier, told reporters.
Mr. Sreang Kimly added that the ship will dock at different international ports in six countries, including Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
The SSEAYP is aimed to foster friendship and greater understanding among youths from ASEAN and Japan as well as to promote regional cooperation, he underlined.
For his part, Samdech Techo Hun Sen congratulated the youth delegation and explained to them the reasons why Cambodia joins the ASEAN – the defense of independence, sovereignty, and non-interference from outsiders; community spirit of consensus; economic benefits; and the country’s diplomatic expansion gate.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also raised the South China Sea issue and recommended the Cambodian youth delegation to established good relationship with the youths from other countries and to promote the fields of tourism, trade, and the exchange of experiences between countries.
The SSEAYP started in 1974 based on a joint statement issued in the same year by Japan and Southeast Asian countries. In addition, Brunei Darussalam joined in 1985, Vietnam in 1996, Laos and Myanmar in 1998 and Cambodia in 2000.