PHNOM PENH, May 30 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh left here on Friday for Singapore to attend the 13th Shangri-La Dialogue, also known as the Asia Security Summit, to be held from Friday to Sunday.
The minister’s participation came at the invitation of Singaporean Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen and John Chipman, director general and chief executive of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Nem Sowath, head of the Cambodian Defense Ministry’s Policy and Foreign Affairs Department, told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport before departure.
Shangri-La Dialogue is a multilateral security dialogue forum that brings together senior military and political officials from nearly 30 countries to discuss regional security and cooperation.
“The dialogue will mainly focus on regional security issues, cyber-security, and military responses to disasters,” he said.
The agenda of this year’s dialogue includes the challenges of maintaining and managing open seas, advancing military-to-military cooperation, managing strategic tensions, ASEAN and the emerging regional security order, the future of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and ensuring agile conflict management in the Asia-Pacific.
“The event is a good chance for military and political leaders from various countries to exchange views on the latest development in security and political issues, and to find ways to settle regional and global challenges,” he added.
The Shangri-La Dialogue, named after the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, has gradually transformed itself into one of the most prominent security dialogues in the region since it was launched in 2002.
During his stay in Singapore, Tea Banh will meet separately with Singaporean Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, said Nem Sowath.
Cambodian defense minister flies to Singapore for Shangri-La Dialogue