PHNOM PENH, Aug. 6 (FN) — Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen left here on Saturday morning for Vientiane, the capital of Laos, where he will receive the "ASEAN Lifetime Achievement Award".

The award, which has been conferred upon the longest serving Head of Government in ASEAN, will be presented to the prime minister by Michael Yeoh, chief executive officer of Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute, during the 13th ASEAN Leadership Forum to be held on Aug. 6 and 7, said a Cambodian Foreign Ministry statement.

Hun Sen said earlier this week that so far, only three distinguished personalities have received these Lifetime Achievement Awards, namely former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and Sultan Nazrin Shah, Sultan of Perak of Malaysia.

"I am the fourth person that receives this award, but if say about the head of government, I am the third person that gets it," he said in a public speech on Tuesday. "I would like to share this with all the Cambodian people who support my policy on international issues."