Hun Sen: Foreign Pressure Forces Cambodia to Choose Friends, Enemies

Pressure from foreign states was forcing Cambodia to choose friends and enemies in the international arena, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Friday, repeating his frequent claim that the government would not exchange its sovereignty for aid from any country.

“Of course, making friends with everyone is easier said than done, especially for a small country like Cambodia where external pressure often forces us to make friends, or make friends with this country, and consider another country as an enemy,” Hun Sen said during a speech at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.

“But no matter who we are friends with, it does not mean that Cambodia has given up its independence and sovereignty,” the prime minister said.

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