British foreign secretary confirms visit Cambodia, says foreign ministry

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (left) and Prime Minister Hun Sen. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, June 21 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will pay an official visit to Cambodia on Wednesday to further enhance bilateral cooperation, Cambodia's foreign ministry said in a press statement on Monday.

The forthcoming visit comes at the invitation of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn.

During his stay in Phnom Penh, Raab will also have a meeting with Cambodian Environment Minister Say Samal, it added.

His meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister, however, is not expected to take place.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 19 announced that he had been indirectly exposed to Covid-19 and would continue to quarantine until July 3. He first placed himself in isolation on June 19.

Hun Sen said this has prompted him to cancel all planned in-person and virtual meetings, including one with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab scheduled for June 23.

“Although the meetings with Cambodian and foreign guests have been cancelled, I will continue to work as usual with (government) institutions and the armed forces via Zoom, during which no one can come close to me, ” he said.

The prime minister did not specify whom he had been in contact with and if he had rescheduled an in-person meeting with the UK foreign minister.

Reached for comment on June 20, UK deputy ambassador to Cambodia Marc Thayre told The Post that the embassy could not reveal the meeting agendas with the press.

“(But) it would have been about bilateral relations. A press release will be issued after his visit with details, ” he said. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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