Courtesy Call on Foreign Minister Taro Kono by young politics-oriented Cambodians
March 13, 2019
On March 13, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call commencing from 5:45 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes by ten young politics-oriented Cambodians (the eldest participant as the representative; Mr. Meas Sophorn, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Information), who were visiting Japan upon the invitation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.
1. At the beginning, noting that it is the second time to welcome the group of young politics-oriented Cambodians visiting in Japan since last December, Minister Kono called on the participants to see various aspects of Japan including multiparty democracy during their stay, and encouraged the young generation of Cambodia to unite for the development of the nation.
2. Furthermore, Mr. Kono explained that Japan has developed after the war placing great importance on universal values such as freedom, democracy, fundamental human rights, and the rule of law. Then he expressed his hope that the participants of this program would play a key role for new democracy in Cambodia.
3. In response, Mr. Meas Sophorn and other participants expressed their appreciation for the invitation to the program as well as Japan’s assistance to Cambodia over the years. Participants also showed their determination to take lessons from Japan’s experience and expand their hope for Japan to continue to provide support in the field of democracy for Cambodia.