Prime Minister Hun Sen, in his capacity as ASEAN Chairman this year, will lead a delegation that will participate in and co-chair the Special ASEAN-US Summit in Washington on May 12-13, convened to commemorate 45 years of relations and dialogue partnership.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a press release on May 9 that Hun Sen, who attends the invitation of US President Joe Biden, will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol, Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak and Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Hang Chuon Naron.
Hun Sen, on the sidelines of the summit, will meet Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill and attend a welcome dinner with President Biden at the White House.
“ASEAN leaders will also meet with US business leaders to discuss cooperation. They will also meet with Vice President Kamala Harris and US Cabinet Secretaries on issues related to climate action, energy clean and sustainable infrastructure,” the statement said.
“An exchange of views on regional and international issues and how to take the ASEAN-US partnership to new heights will be the culmination of this special summit,” he added.
Hun Sen will also have bilateral meetings with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh and other leaders of ASEAN member states.
The prime minister said he also planned to meet nearly 1,000 compatriots living in the United States.
Analysts said this year’s special ASEAN-US summit would reinvigorate and promote the partnership, which he said appeared to have been ignored by the Trump administration.