Prime Minister Hun Sen has slammed former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for encouraging government detractors to rally against his visit to Belgium.
Upon his arrival in Brussels yesterday, Mr Hun Sen was greeted by an unnamed elderly man who praised him.
“Samdech is a hero who represents our people,” the man said. “We all should sacrifice for our country.”
Mr Hun Sen replied to the man by lashing out against Mr Rainsy.
“There is another representative from Cambodia on the streets who is protesting,” he said, adding that it is his delegation that would attend the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, not Mr Rainsy.
“We will sit in the meeting with other heads of states from other countries,” Mr Hun Sen said. “The other one [Mr Rainsy] will be on the street. This is his right, let him do it.”
Mr Rainsy earlier this week vowed to attend protests against Mr Hun Sen in Brussels while encouraging the international community to not legitimise the government.
A number of detractors yesterday uploaded a series of videos online appealing to Cambodians living in Belgium to hold a protest against Mr Hun Sen.
Mr Hun Sen is expected to attend the ASEM meeting today.
The Prime Minister on Friday will meet European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Entitled “Europe and Asia: Global Partners for Global Challenges”, the meeting aims to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe.
Mr Hun Sen will deliver remarks during a plenary session under the sub-theme “Reinforcing the multilateral system: Advancing the ASEM partnership on global issues”.