Obama to Host Asean Leaders in California Next Year

U.S. President Barack Obama has invited Asean leaders including Prime Minister Hun Sen to California for a summit early next year, according to a report in The Washington Post that was confirmed by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh on Thursday.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman Myles Caggins told The Washington Post that the summit, which will take place at luxury Californian retreat Sunnylands, would “continue important conversations about the Asia-Pacific region.”

Embassy spokesman Jay Raman said that all Asean leaders had been invited, though he did not know when the meeting would take place.

Sunnylands was also the site of a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mr. Obama in 2013.

Cambodian officials contacted on Thursday could not confirm whether Prime Minister Hun Sen would be in attendance, though CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said he was confident that Mr. Hun Sen would make the trip.

“I haven’t yet received this information but I strongly believe that Samdech Techo Hun Sen will go if the [U.S.] President invites all leaders of the Asean nations,” he said.

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