Hun Sen to leave for ASEAN summit with no fanfare

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Prime Minister Hun Sen. File Photo/SPM

Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to leave for the April 24 ASEAN summit in Jakarta, this time in a visit without the traditional escort of senior officials as the Kingdom observes strict Covid-19 measures including social distancing and lockdown amid the ongoing community outbreak.

In an audio message addressed to deputy prime ministers, senior ministers and ministers on April 20, Hun Sen said if they saw him off at the airport, they would have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“I go in the morning and I may return at around 9pm. When I arrive, there will be no press conference by [minister] Kao Kim Huon like before, but I will have to have my sample taken for Covid-19 testing.

The prime minister also told reporters and event organisers to stay away from his delegation upon his return to avoid quarantine requirement.

ASEAN leaders are set to meet in the Indonesian capital in a summit widely expected to discuss the ongoing Myanmar crisis, according to the Jakarta Post.