16 September 2017

News Story: Cambodia PM slams U.S. for interfering in country's internal affairs, visa ban

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Friday lashed out at the United States for interfering in Cambodia's internal affairs and stopping issuing visas to Cambodian foreign ministry high ranking officials.

"I'd like to call on our compatriots to stand up, holding the policy of nationalism, in order to protect our national sovereignty and oppose the interference from the foreign power," the prime minister said during a visit to more than 10,000 garment factory workers in the western outskirts of Phnom Penh.

"I don't want to see the events like in 1965 and in 1966 - the anti-American Embassy protests - to happen again, but the spirit of nationalism among the Cambodian people is high and (we) cannot accept your insult," he said.

Argument between the two countries has escalated these weeks after the Cambodian government accused the United States of secretly supporting recently-arrested opposition leader Kem Sokha to oust the government. However, the United States denied the allegations.

"Cambodia has no intention to make troubles with the U.S., so the U.S. should not watch Cambodia in the bad way," he said.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen announced that the country suspended cooperation with the United States in searching for the remains of American soldiers missing in Cambodia during the Vietnam War decades ago.

Read the full story at Xinhua