ASEAN Chair Invites Cambodian New PM to 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta Next Week

H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia and Chair of ASEAN for 2023, has invited H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, to attend the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Jakarta next week.

“[…], I would also like to cordially invite Your Excellency to participate at the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Jakarta on 5-7 September 2023. I also invite Your Excellency to participate at the ASEAN-Indo-Pacific Forum: Implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific in Jakarta, 5-6 September 2023,” wrote H.E. Joko Widodo in his congratulatory letter to H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit on his appointment as the new Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

According to the letter, Timor-Leste will also be invited to participate in the Plenary and Retreat meetings as during the 42nd ASEAN Summit.

“My wife and I would also like to invite Your Excellency’s spouse to participate to partake in the spouse program that specifically has been prepared during the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits,” the Indonesian president added.

H.E. Joko Widodo took the opportunity to reiterate his strong commitment to strengthen the collaboration between the two countries in various strategic areas, especially in the economic field.

“I have sent a special team to Cambodia to further explore cooperation in increasing rice imports from Cambodia to Indonesia. Prime Minister Hun Sen has responded positively, and I look forward to the same commitment from Your Excellency,” he said.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)

H.E. Jean-François Tain: H.E. Dr. Hun Manet – the Youngest Top Leader in Next Week’s ASEAN Summit

The following is an opinion piece issued on Sept. 2 by H.E. Jean-François Tain, Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation:

“Dr. Hun Manet – the Youngest Top Leader in Next Week’s ASEAN Summit

On Monday, 04 September 2023, H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Dr. Hun Manet will go to Indonesia to attend the ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Plus Summit, and East Asia Summit. For Cambodia, which has been an ASEAN Member State since 1999, these summits are some of the most important annual events. For the new Head of Government of Cambodia, they represent a great political opportunity for several reasons.

First, this is the first time that H.E. Dr. Hun Manet will officially be on the international stage in his full capacity as the new Prime Minister of Cambodia – which he has been since 22 August 2023.

Second, H.E. Dr. Hun Manet will be the youngest attendee among the Heads of State/Government of the 10 ASEAN Member States on 05 September in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Last but not least, from 05 to 07 September, during these two days in Jakarta, H.E. Dr. Hun Manet will shake hands with, and officially and unofficially meet at least 17 Heads of State/Government and Senior Leaders from Southeast Asian countries, China, Japan, South Korea, India, the United States of America, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand.

The Cambodian nation can be proud, as H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Dr. Hun Manet is well prepared to maintain our national core interests before the other nine ASEAN Member States, and to defend ASEAN’s collective interests before the ASEAN Dialogue Partner countries. Our young Head of Government will be attending to address numerous regional and international issues. These include the Myanmar crisis, the regional and global power competition in the Asia Pacific, and the global economic crisis which has negatively impacted our country.

H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Dr. Hun Manet is more than capable and strongly committed to promoting the image and reputation of the Kingdom of Cambodia on the international stage. Thus, our Cambodian nation must be united to stand by our highly esteemed and energetic leader, whom ASEAN and the world will meet and evaluate next week in Jakarta, Indonesia.”

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)

Cambodian New PM Receives Congratulations from More and More World Leaders

Prime Ministers of Malaysia, the Czech Republic, and Georgia have extended their sincere congratulations to H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet on his appointment as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and looked forward to working closely with him to further tighten the relationship between their countries.

“[…] there is no doubt that under your able leadership, Cambodia will achieve greater prosperity and progress. As Malaysia and Cambodia share a longstanding history of friendship and collaboration, I remain confident that our ties will continue to flourish and strengthen for years to come. I look forward to working closely with you and wish to invite Your Excellency to undertake an official visit to Malaysia at a mutually convenient date,” said H.E. Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia in his recent congratulatory message.

For his part, H.E. Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic said, “The Czech Republic and Cambodia share a longstanding history of cooperation and friendship, and it is my firm belief that under your leadership, our relations will continue to thrive. I would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of development cooperation between our countries. Cambodia is one of the priority countries of our foreign development cooperation and the Czech Republic has been actively engaged in projects aimed at enhancing socio-economic growth and sustainable development in Cambodia. Our joint efforts in sectors such as health, education and agriculture have made a positive impact on the lives of Cambodian citizens, fostering economic growth and prosperity.”

“I am pleased to observe that our nations have cultivated friendly relations based on mutual understanding and respect. I remain confident that through our joint efforts, existing ties will further intensify in all areas of mutual interest,” underlined H.E. Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

Other world leaders, including those of Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei Darussalam, China, Cuba, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Maldives, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Türkiye, Ukraine, Vietnam and so on as well as presidents of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Commission have also sent their respective congratulatory messages to H.E. Kitti Tesaphibal Pundit Hun Manet.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)

Cambodia Delegation Attending AMMS-7 in Thailand

A Cambodian delegation led by H.E. Vath Chamroeun, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, is attending the 7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports (AMMS-7) and related meetings in Thailand.

The meetings are organised from Aug. 30 to Sep. 2 in Chiang Mai province.

At the meetings, ASEAN collectively applauded Cambodia for its successful organisation of the 32nd SEA Games.

Back to back with the AMMS-7, there are also the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting on Sports and the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports.

The meetings focus on the strengthening of cooperation within ASEAN member states and between ASEAN and Japan and China to develop physical education and sports sectors.

The cooperation is fundamental to achieving a healthy society, solidarity, and sustainable economic growth within the region.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)


The investigation into the alleged bullying of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) trainees at the Kuantan Air Base is now in its final stages.

Chief of Air Force Gen Tan Sri Mohd Asghar Khan Goriman Khan said the individuals allegedly involved in the case would be called back for questioning by the police.

“We are waiting for the investigation (to be completed) and actions will be taken soon,” he told reporters when met at the Air Force Academy (ATU) here today.

He stressed that the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) in general and the RMAF in particular would not compromise on bullying issue involving its members and officers.

In May, Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said that they have recorded more than 10 statements, including from six trainees who allegedly committed the crime and five victims.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency