Cambodia Forced to Put Off ASEAN Meeting as Foreign Ministers Pull Out

Cambodia has gotten off to a rough start as the current holder of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s rotating chair, having been forced to postpone “indefinitely” a regional foreign ministerial meeting it had planned to host next week. It was to be the first high-level summit held under its chairmanship this year.

The two-day ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) was scheduled to be held in Siem Reap on Jan. 18. However, a spokesperson for the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Wednesday the event was postponed due to “the difficulty for many ASEAN foreign ministers to travel to join the meeting,” according to state-run media outlet AKP.

The spokesperson made no mention of rescheduling the meeting, and did not specify who had experienced “difficulty” joining the meeting. ASEAN is a Southeast Asian regional bloc comprising 10 countries including Myanmar.

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