Japan and Cambodia agree to cooperate on Ukraine

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The leaders of Japan and Cambodia exchanged views on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and agreed to work together to safeguard international order.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio met his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen on Sunday in Phnom Penh. They agreed not to accept any attempt to change the status quo by force anywhere in the world.

The two leaders confirmed the close cooperation between their countries at international meetings and other occasions, including the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which Cambodia is chairing this year.

They also agreed to work together on China’s maritime activities in the South China Sea and North Korean issues. Prime Minister Kishida expressed his respect for Cambodia’s proactive efforts to break the deadlock in the situation in Myanmar.

Kishida said Japan plans to hold a special summit and invite ASEAN leaders, including Hun Sen. He noted that next year the two countries will mark the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

During their joint press conference, Kishida said a visit to Phnom Penh reminded him of the preciousness of peace. He said he greatly respects the indomitable spirit of the Cambodian people, who rebuilt their country after a devastating civil war. Kishida added that the spirit took root in Cambodia, which is an example for other countries. However, he said, in other parts of the world, people’s peaceful lives are now threatened by naked power.

Hun Sen said that regarding the Ukrainian crisis, he calls for an immediate end to the use of force and for peaceful dialogue through diplomacy.

He said Cambodia expresses gratitude and appreciation for Japan’s economic support and infrastructure development. Hun Sen added that his country intends to continue cooperating with Japan in security and other fields.

Kishida later told reporters it was important to point out exchanges with other Asian nations at the Group of Seven summit scheduled for Thursday. He noted that Japan is the only Asian nation to participate, and pledged to promote unity among the international community.

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