Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday reaffirmed his intention to visit Myanmar to meet with the military junta that seized power in the February coup. Hun Sen also defended Cambodia’s upcoming ASEAN chairmanship, saying that China had no influence over his country’s position on the contested South China Sea.
The Cambodian government said it will donate $200,000 along with medical equipment to Myanmar’s military junta to aid efforts to contain the pandemic.
Speaking at an ASEAN meeting Tuesday, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn called for both the comprehensive implementation of human rights and respect for each country’s sovereignty.
The Cambodian government has announced a one-month ban on travel across the border to Vietnam in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. The government has also extended the period between first and second doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines from two to three weeks.
The UK Foreign Secretary’s visit to Cambodia comes amid concerns over the arrest of a number of environmental activists last week. Raab’s visit followed a few weeks after the US deputy secretary of state visited Cambodia on June 1 to express concerns over the Cambodian government’s crackdown on human rights defenders, as well as criticising an alleged Chinese military presence at Ream Naval Base.