Her Excellency EAT Sophea, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and ASEAN SOM Leader of Cambodia, chaired the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting in preparation for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat to be held the next day on 17 February 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

H.E. EAT Sophea briefed the Meeting on priorities and deliverables for Cambodia’s ASEAN chairmanship under the political-security community, economic community and socio-cultural community pillars.

The meeting also touched on the preparation to launch the work to formulate post-2025 ASEAN Vision. Other topics include the follow-up to the 38th and 39th Summits, planning of activities to enhance external relations with all the 11 dialogue partners, ways and means to improve the effectiveness of ASEAN in addressing regional and institutional challenges, and regional and international issues of common concern.

The meeting also discussed extensively on the follow-up to the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on 24 April 2021.