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ASEAN Summit agenda released

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A signpost of ASEAN 2022 is seen along a street in Phnom Penh ahead of the next week ASEAN summit and related meetings. Heng Chivoan

ASEAN Summit agenda released

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation laid out Prime Minister Hun Sen’s agenda for the upcoming 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Meetings and the 2nd ASEAN Global Dialogue, which will be held in Phnom Penh from November 10-13.

In a November 4 press statement, the ministry said the four-day top-level events will consist of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits, and related meetings. They include the 25th ASEAN-China Summit; the 25th ASEAN-Japan Summit; the 23rd ASEAN-ROK Summit; the 25th ASEAN Plus Three Summit; ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to mark 30 years of Dialogue Relations; the 10th ASEAN-US Summit; the 2nd ASEAN- Australia Summit; the ASEAN-Canada Commemorative Summit; ASEAN-United Nations (UN) Summit; and the 17th East Asia Summit (EAS).

King Norodom Sihamoni is expected to meet with ASEAN heads of State and government ahead of the kickoff of the meetings.

Hun Sen and other ASEAN leaders will meet with representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, ASEAN Youth and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.

“They will also attend the 2nd ASEAN Global Dialogue on Post Covid-19 recovery which will be participated in by the heads of several major international organisations. The Leaders of some ASEAN dialogue partners are also expected to attend the dialogue,” said the ministry.

Hun Sen will also have bilateral meetings with some heads of delegations.

So far, several leaders had confirmed their participation, including US President Joe Biden, UN secretary-general António Guterres, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among others. Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far not confirmed his attendance.

Hun Sen will hand over the gavel of the ASEAN chair to Joko Widodo, President of the Indonesia, as the next ASEAN chair, at the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits.

During the meeting, Spain and Ukraine are expected to get accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC). A TAC signing ceremony for the two countries is planned and will be presided over by Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, according to the statement.

Ahead of the summits, Sokhonn will chair the 25th ASEAN Political-Security Community Council Meeting and the 31st ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) Meeting, the ministry added.

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