Cambodia cancels Water Festival ahead of summit

Cancelation, for the third year in a row, is a blow to the local economy.

The Cambodian government has canceled this year’s Water Festival in Phnom Penh, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the capital, amid security concerns for world leaders who will attend the ASEAN leaders’ summit in November.

The festival was slated to be held from Nov. 7-9 with leaders — including those from the United States, Russia and China — expected to meet here from Nov 10-13 with counterparts from the 10 countries that make up the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Sources close to the government said there were concerns about providing security for the event and the four-day leaders’ summit, which will end Cambodia’s year as chair of the trading bloc.

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