The African nation of Rwanda has asked Cambodia to support the candidacy of its Foreign Affairs Minister as secretary-general of the Organisation International de la Francophonie. By Ven Rathavong / Khmer Times

The request was made during a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo.
« Her Excellency’s visit was to ask for Cambodia’s support for candidacy as OIF secretary-general Mr Sokhonn said. “Her candidacy is also being supported by members of the African Union. »
Mr Sokhonn added that Ms Mushikiwabo pledged that she would enhance youth cooperation between the two nations if she’s elected.
« She said that she would focus on each member state to implement freedom and humanitarian reforms, » he said.
Mr Sokhonn noted that he had informed Ms Mushikiwabo that a letter of request has been sent to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s office for approval.
« The Foreign Ministry submitted the request to the head of the government,” he said. “We’ll find out on the day of the election. »
The OIF is a 58-member state organisation with 26 observing nations.
The current secretary-general is held by former Canadian Governor General Michaella Jean.
In a statement published by the ministry, both ministers will visit French-speaking countries in Indochina between August 6 and 13.