US cancelled summit with ASEAN leaders: Cambodia PM

Leaders and representatives from 10 ASEAN countries from L-R: Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam, Myanmarís President Win Myint, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith wave during a group photograph at the opening of the 32nd ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit in Singapore on April 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMAN / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Phnom Penh, March 2 (IANS) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that the US has cancelled a summit with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which scheduled to be held on March 14 in Las Vegas.

Speaking at a university graduation ceremony here, Hun Sen said coronavirus outbreak was perhaps the main reason that US President Donald Trump decided to cancel the summit, reports Xinhua news agency.

“I support President Trump’s decision taking this time, because both the US and ASEAN are busy with trying to to control the situation relating to this virus,” he said.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen called on health authorities in Cambodia to continue strengthening thermal scanning at all airports, ports and border checkpoints to prevent the virus from spreading to the country.

The Prime Minister said that so far, there were no new confirmed case of the virus in the country.

Cambodia confirmed the first and only case of the COVID-19 on January 27.

The victim was discharged from the hospital on February 10 after fully recovering from the disease.

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