In a royal address to the opening ceremony of the 43rd ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (43rd AIPA) General Assembly, Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni said inter-parliamentary diplomacy, partnership and cooperation are crucial to contributing to promote lasting peace and prosperity. in the region.
“The meeting of the 43rd AIPA General Assembly this week reflects a true spirit of solidarity, unity and commitment to overcome current challenges to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous future for our region,” said the monarch.
“To achieve that future, we must ensure that national and regional development efforts are well aligned with the concepts of sustainability, inclusion and resilience,” he added.
Addressing the opening event, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said that the world continues to face many challenges, including geopolitical rivalries, war, trade and economic polarization, climate change and natural disasters.
Hun Sen said that the 43rd AIPA provides an opportunity for AIPA delegates to join discussions on a wide range of issues with the common goal of strengthening cooperation in one unit and identifying policy recommendations for the interests of the people in the region.
Cambodian National Assembly Speaker Samdech Heng Samrin said the meeting reflected a strong spirit of solidarity, friendship and close cooperation among ASEAN parliaments amid the obstacles and challenges facing the region.