Barack Obama

Obama due in Southeast Asia in November

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 2:12pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 2:17pm

Cambodia’s foreign ministry says President Barack Obama is expected to visit Southeast Asia in mid-November.

Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said on Tuesday that Obama will travel to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, for a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The meeting of heads of state is due to take place November 18-20, bringing together leaders of the 10-nation bloc.

US officials have declined to confirm Obama’s travel plans.

Koy Kuong had no further details, but another senior Cambodian official said Obama is also expected to hold talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia virtually unchallenged since a 1997 coup.