Japan-Cambodia Summit Meeting (Overview)

November 5, 2012
  • (Photo)Japan-Cambodia Summit Meeting (Overview) 1
    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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    (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a meeting with Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in Vientiane for about 40 minutes from 10 a.m. (local time) on November 5 during a visit to Laos to attend the 9th Summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The overview of the meeting is as follows:

1. Outline

Prime Minister Noda offered his condolences to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the passing of His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, King Father of Cambodia. Prime Minister Noda stated that Japan would like to strengthen cooperation on a variety of issues with Cambodia, which is carrying out a heavy responsibility as chair of ASEAN. Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Noda for his condolences and said he would continue to cooperate with him in further developing relations between the two nations.

2. Economic cooperation and investment promotion

Prime Minister Noda said that Japan will continue to support Cambodian development efforts through such means as economic cooperation and assistance. He also welcomed a recent sharp increase of Japanese corporate investment to Cambodia and voiced his expectations for further strengthening of bilateral economic relations in the future. In response, Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his appreciation for Japan’s assistance to Cambodia ever since the peace process and said he planned to attend a Japanese company’s groundbreaking ceremony in December.

3. Cooperation in international arenas

(1) Prime Minister Noda expressed readiness for Japan to cooperate with Cambodia, chair of ASEAN-related summit meetings this month, in making them a success. Prime Minister Hun Sen briefed him on issues being discussed within ASEAN and said he would cope with them in an appropriate manner as chair.

(2) Prime Minister Noda explained Japan’s position concerning relations with China, saying the relationship between the two countries was one of the most important bilateral relationships for Japan, that in the present situation involving the two countries, Japan had consistently acted calmly from the beginning and that, as a responsible nation in the Asia-Pacific region, it would continue contributing to regional peace and prosperity. They also discussed North Korea.

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