Phnom Penh, May 13, 2019 –His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, departed here this morning for China to attend the First Conference on Dialogue among Asian Civilisations to be held in Beijing on May 15.
The Cambodian monarch was seen off at Phnom Penh International Airport by Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly; Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, President of the Senate, and Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his spouse as well as many other senior officials and royal family members.
Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Wang Wentian was also on hand.
According to Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported, the Conference on Dialogue among Asian Civilisations is aimed to foster exchanges between Asian civilisations, learn from each other and establish a community with a shared future.
In 2015, when addressing the opening of the Boao Forum, Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping proposed a conference to be held to promote dialogue among various Asian civilisations, boost regional understanding and enhance cooperation.
During this first conference themed “exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilisations and a community with a shared future”, delegates from different countries will exchange their views on multiple platforms. Media organisations, cultural and religious groups and NGOs will also join the conference.
The conference will have an opening ceremony and six parallel forums. Asian cultural carnivals, Asian civilisation week and an Asian food festival will also coincide with the conference.