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    Hun Sen misses G20, APEC summits after catching COVID

    ANN/THE PHNOM PENH POST – As the Group of 20 (G20) Summit kicked off in Indonesia, where world leaders convened to discuss various issues of global importance, Prime Minister Hun Sen found himself obligated to make an early return after testing positive for COVID-19.

    The premier arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday evening, accompanied by all members of his delegation to the summit.

    “I thank Indonesia for taking care in receiving our delegation and we are sorry that we are unable to attend the G20 Summit,” he said while waiting to depart from Bali.

    Hun Sen broke the news himself in a social media post on Tuesday morning.

    “Before leaving Cambodia, I always take a COVID-19 test. And before departing this time, I took a rapid test like usual, but the result was negative. I am unaware as to when I became infected, but when I arrived in Indonesia I was tested again and this morning it was confirmed that I was COVID-19 positive. I have to accept this fact, although I don’t have any symptoms of illness,” he said.

    Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives at Phnom Penh International Airport.PHOTO: THE PHNOM PENH POST

    Hun Sen planned to have a dinner meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and others on Monday evening but was unable to attend due to a “tight schedule”.

    He said that to ensure the safety of other leaders and diplomats, he decided to pass over the ASEAN chairmanship for the G20 Summit to Indonesia, the next ASEAN rotating chair.

    Hun Sen also planned to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Informal Dialogue in Thailand tomorrow but has now cancelled his appearance at the event as well.

    He said he would now continue working in Cambodia remotely to isolate himself from others, with all planned in-person meetings either cancelled or moved online.

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