Cambodian PM Tells Foreign Countries to Choose

Have Western embassies been told to consider closing?

Prime Minister Hun Sen has “asked” foreign countries to choose between Cambodia or an “outlawed group” – a clear reference to the disbanded opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) – warning that they should consider closing their missions in Phnom Penh if they make the wrong choice.

In an astonishing outburst ahead of Cambodia staging the May 5-17 South East Asian Games and national elections on July 23, Hun Sen also took a veiled swipe at the United States, claiming “on the one hand, you come to instruct me. On the other hand, you come to oppress me.”

According to the government’mouthpiece Fresh News, the region’s longest serving leader had praised Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who he cited as saying “superpowers should stop interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries.”

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