Vietnam rejects social media comments against Hun Sen

By Nhu Tam   May 23, 2024 | 07:35 am PT
Vietnam rejects social media comments against Hun Sen
Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam does not support the provocative and divisive comments supposedly made by certain Vietnamese on the social media accounts of Cambodian Senate President Hun Sen, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

"The fact that some accounts, supposedly originating from Vietnam, have expressed their personal opinions on social media recently does not represent the stance of the Vietnamese government and people," said spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang.

Hang was responding to inquiries regarding Vietnam’s stance on Cambodia’s request for cooperation in order to investigate certain social media accounts, supposedly belonging to Vietnamese citizens, which posted inappropriate statements on the accounts of Hun Sen.

"We do not agree with the opinions and comments, which are provocative and hurt the relations between the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. They have also personally offended leaders of the two countries," she added.

"We believe that Vietnam and Cambodia will continue to cooperate closely on the sharing of information in several fields, including the Funan Techo canal project as well as studies on the project's trans-border impacts," Hang said.

At a previous press meet on May 9, Hang said Vietnam has not collected enough information to assess the impact levels of the Funan Techo project, and hopes that Cambodia would fully share its information on the matter.

Hun Sen said on May 16 he had advised Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet to begin construction on the Funan Techo canal project, adding that the project would help improve fisheries, control floods and develop tourism for the Cambodian people.

The canal project is expected to connect the Phnom Penh river port with the Gulf of Thailand, running through Kandal, Takeo, Kampot and Kep provinces and spanning 180 km.

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