ASEAN Summit Global Leaders Covid-Free

Prime Minister Hun Sen has revealed none of the global leaders who attended the Cambodia-hosted ASEAN summits and subsequent G20 meeting in Bali have tested positive for Covid-19
US President Joe Biden reacts as he goes up a stage for group photo with ASEAN leaders in Phnom Penh, November 12, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa
US President Joe Biden reacts as he goes up a stage for group photo with ASEAN leaders in Phnom Penh, November 12, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Prime Minister Hun Sen has expressed delight after discovering no global leaders who attended the ASEAN, APEC and G20 meetings have Covid-19 after he tested positive upon arriving in Bali, days after Cambodia hosted the ASEAN summits.

“My health is fine, and what makes me even happier is that none of the leaders of nations that left Cambodia during the ASEAN, APEC, and G20 meetings are Covid-19 positive,” he said in a voice message.

Hen Sen went on to hail the nation’s hosting of the ASEAN Summit and related summits a success, confirming that Cambodia received guests safely, prevented the spread of Covid-19, and provided delegates with a welcoming environment.

The Prime Minister, who arrived back in Cambodia from Bali on Tuesday, said as Cambodia is not a G20 member and has handed over ASEAN chairmanship to Indonesia and said that APEC and G20 had invited him to the meetings as ASEAN chair.

“Do not be perplexed as to why we did not choose a Cambodian representation. They asked to chair ASEAN, but we must be aware that since we are not a G20 member, we do not have the authority to assign a representative. The ASEAN chair was also invited by Thailand to the APEC meeting in Bangkok,” said Hun Sen.

The Cambodian premier revealed he had tested positive for Covid-19 test in Bali on Tuesday morning. The Prime Minister and delegates returned to Cambodia on that evening, canceling bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Prime Minister and government representatives were in Bali to attend the G20 conference from November 15 to 16 and were slated to later attend the APEC Informal Dialogue in Bangkok.

“The 40-person delegation that was with PM is not positive with both a rapid test and PCR test for Covid-19,” Hun Sen added.

The delegation consisted of more than 40 people who returned from Indonesia on Tuesday at 7pm after receiving negative rapid Covid-19 tests, according to Youk Sambath, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Health.