The second foreign ministers meeting of five Mekong sub-region countries and Japan ended on Oct. 3 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with pledges for more cooperation between the two sides.

Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong, who chaired the one-day meeting, said Japan had pledged to increase assistance to ASEAN nations, especially Mekong sub-region countries, with focus on infrastructure, investment, human resource development, and cultural and youth exchange.

The Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada as saying that “ Japan would like to make greater contributions than ever to the Mekong region.”

Okada also said that the new Japanese administration, led by the Democratic Party of Japan will actively engage in diplomacy with Asian countries with its ''long-term vision'' to create an ''East Asian community.''

In a statement released after the meeting, the ministers reaffirmed their determination to broaden the existing Mekong sub-region-Japan cooperation and cooperation under other frameworks, such as the ASEAN-Japan Dialogue Relations, the ASEAN+3, the East Asia Summit as well as the ASEAN Regional Forum.

The meeting is seen as a foundation for a summit between leaders of Japan and Mekong sub-region countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in early November in Tokyo.

The Mekong-Japan Partnership Programme was launched in 2007 for the sake of peace, development and prosperity in the Mekong sub-region./.