Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday that he has COVID-19 and is canceling his Group of 20 events in Bali, just days after hosting many world leaders, including President Joe Biden, for a summit in Phnom Penh.

In a post on his Facebook page, the Cambodian leader said he tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday night, and the diagnosis was confirmed by an Indonesian doctor on Tuesday morning. He said he was returning to Cambodia and canceling his G-20 meetings as well as the next APEC economic forum in Bangkok.

He said it was fortunate that he arrived in Bali late on Monday and was unable to join the dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders.

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The White House said Biden tested negative on Tuesday morning and was not considered a close contact as defined by the US CDC.

Cambodia hosted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit that ended on Sunday, and Hun Sen met with many of the leaders who attended the one-on-one meeting.

In addition to Biden, the guests were Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and many others.

In his Facebook post, Hun Sen said he “had no idea” when he might have contracted COVID-19.

He said he felt normal and was continuing to perform his duties as usual, apart from meeting guests.

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