OIF Secretary-General Supports Cambodia’s Candidacy as Host of Francophonie Summit in 2026

H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), has voiced her support to Cambodia's candidacy as the host of the Francophonie Summit in 2026. The OIF secretary-general affirmed her support while paying a courtesy call on Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet in Paris, France on Jan. 15. H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo called on Cambodia to continue to share Cambodia's experience in maintaining peace and stability with French-speaking countries in Africa and other continents, as well as with non-French-speaking countries, in boosting the economic and tourism sectors, and in maintaining the culture of using French language with other countries around the world. For his part, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet expressed Cambodia's pride to have preserved the heritage as well as the culture of using French and to have good relations and cooperation with French-speaking countries. Among the members of Council of Ministers of the 7th-ma ndate Royal Government of Cambodia, he pointed out, about 40 percent can speak French, which shows that Cambodia continues to be actively involved in maintaining and speaking French, both in general administration and relations with some other countries in the world. The Francophonie Summit is the highest authority in the Francophonie. It is held every two years and gathers the heads of State/Governments of all member states. Currently, the International Organisation of La Francophonie comprises 88 member states and governments (54 full members, 7 associate members and 27 observer members). Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse