Photograph: Pha Lina / Phnom Penh Post Cambodia is preparing to hold talks with Europe and other members of the Asia-Europe Meeting [ASEM] to delay the planned summit Up by the end of this year, moving to next year due to a coronavirus 19 problem.

Cambodia will host the Asia Europe Summit, scheduled for November 16 and 17, 2020 in Phnom Penh. But since the disease has not improved, Cambodia is preparing to discuss the matter.

"Hand over the cabinet," Minister of Cabinet Benin said in a notice of the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is ready to consult with the European Union and other countries on the possibility of such an arrangement The Asia-Europe Summit 2020, hosted by Cambodia in 2021.

ASEM has 53 member countries, including 30 from Europe, 21 from Asia, the EU and the ASEAN Secretariat. Cambodia proposes a theme highlighting Cambodia's efforts to promote ASEM as a cornerstone of global governance under the theme of "Strengthening Multilateralism." Parties for inclusive development. The November meeting also included seven separate events.

Prime Minister Hun Sen recently ordered government officials to suspend their attendance at international meetings and meetings Internationally, in a heavily populated district, it has also been suspended to prevent the spread of the disease.

Sok Touch, president of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said yesterday that because the European country is now suffering from the disease 19 It is also a good choice as European countries will be busy with their economic recovery in case Which the disease has relished and ready for the Web Such a level that may occur in the future.

“But if we can be attracted to the meeting this year, we can assure them that Cambodia is just The only infected country is not spread locally, and then we can attract tourists During the meeting. ”

He said if the meeting is possible it should attract other countries, such as the United States and Africa, to share their experiences Fighting this disease. ”

Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he had no comment on plans to delay the summit.