Cambodian PM to skip ASEAN-S. Korea summit in Busan: report

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will not attend next week’s summit between South Korea and ASEAN member states in Busan because his wife’s mother was hospitalized with a serious condition, a news report said Saturday.

Cambodia’s English-language Khmer Times reported, citing a post on Hun Sen’s Facebook page, that the prime minister “has decided to cancel his plan to attend the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan tomorrow after his wife’s mother is in a critical health condition.”

The report quoted Hun Sen as saying, “I must fill my duty as a son. I have no other choice beside seeking for the understanding from Korean President Moon Jae-in and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and leaders of countries within ASEAN for missing these important meetings.”

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