Thu, 01 Jun 2023

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen met in Phnom Penh on Monday with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi on regional issues, a senior official said.

The discussions included the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Myanmar's political situation, said Kao Kim Hourn, a minister attached to the Cambodian prime minister.

The two sides talked about ways to promote the economy, trade, investment and tourism in the post-pandemic era after the RCEP agreement, signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries, entered into force on Jan. 1, 2022, said Kim Hourn.

Lim pledged to work closely with Cambodia, the ASEAN chair for 2022, and other ASEAN member states to implement the RCEP effectively in order to boost development in the ASEAN region, the official said.

The ASEAN secretary-general also vowed to work closely with ASEAN dialogue partners, particularly with China, Japan and South Korea.

On the Myanmar issue, Hun Sen briefed Lim about his recent visit to Myanmar, saying that the trip was aimed at coordinating a ceasefire, delivering humanitarian assistance to the needy Myanmar people, and paving the way for the ASEAN chair's special envoy on Myanmar to have access to all parties concerned, Kim Hourn said.

Lim, who is on an official visit to Cambodia from Saturday to Wednesday, is scheduled to meet with several senior government officials, and will attend the ASEAN Tourism Ministerial Meeting on Wednesday in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Produced by Xinhua Global Service

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