MPs Travel Abroad During Assembly Recess

Several lawmakers are whiling away the parliamentary recess with trips abroad, with recent delegations seeing Kuwait, Mongo­lia and China.

Funcinpec lawmaker Dien Dell, chair of the National Assem­bly’s Interior, Defense and In­spection commission, is heading a delegation in Beijing, fellow Funcinpec parliamentarian Ok Socheat said Wednesday.

He is accompanied by CPP lawmaker Van Vuth, deputy chair of the same commission; Funcin­pec parliamentarian So Chi, dep­uty chair of the human rights and complaint reception commission; and other lawmakers.

The delegation met Tuesday with Peng Peiyun, vice-chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and president of the All-China Wo­men’s Foundation, China’s Xin­hua news service reported.

Ok Socheat returned Sunday from Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Bator, the lawmaker said  on Wednes­­day.

He was part of a conference of Asian nations on hu­man security and institutional re­form, along with Funcinpec As­sembly member Princess Siso­wath Santa, Funcinpec Senator Khieu San and CPP Senator Chhit Kim Yeat.

Nations attending the conference included China, Pakistan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thai­land, Ok Socheat said.

Funcinpec lawmaker Nan Sy, a Cham Muslim, returned Sunday from a 10-day visit to Kuwait and is planning a trip to Iran, he said Wednesday.

As chair of the Cam­bodia-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship Group, Nan Sy met with lawmakers and officials and traveled around the tiny, oil-rich Middle Eastern nation.

On Sept 22, he will be joined by fellow Cham lawmakers Sman Tiet, of the CPP, and Sith Ybra­him, of the Sam Rainsy Party, for a conference and training course in Te­heran, capital of Iran.

In a speech at the conference, Nan Sy said he will emphasize tolerance and cooperation.

Islam, he said, should not be blamed for the actions of extremist terrorists. “Religions do not make people do bad things; individual people choose to do bad,” he said.


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