Cambodia names new PH envoy - reports
MANILA, Philippines – Cambodia has appointed a new ambassador to the Philippines, Cambodian media reported Friday, August 17.
The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed diplomat Tuot Panha a week after the former envoy to the Philippines, Hos Sereythonh, was recalled. Hos was ordered to leave after a word war with a Philippine official over the absence of a traditional ASEAN joint statement.
In a statement published on the top newspaper Phnom Penh Post, Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Koy Kuong confirmed the new ambassador's appointment. Koy, however, said it is unrelated to the South China Sea dispute.
“The changing of the ambassador is a normal diplomatic issue,” Koy said. “Other countries do the same thing... removing the ambassador from one country or to another country. I don’t think this is strange.”
Before she was appointed ambassador to the Philippines, Tuot was a long-time undersecretary of state at the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. – Rappler.com