Cambodia recalls its ambassador to Philippines
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Cambodia recalls its ambassador to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say Cambodia is recalling its ambassador to Manila. No reason was given for the departure.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Friday that a diplomatic note from Phnom Penh said Ambassador Hos Sereythonh will be replaced and leave Manila next week.

Cambodian officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The ambassador stirred controversy when he said in letter published in a Philippine newspaper last month that Manila and Hanoi tried “to sabotage and hijack” the foreign ministers meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Phom Penh in July by insisting on mentioning the South China Sea dispute in the joint communique.

He accused the Philippines and Vietnam of playing “dirty politics” in their territorial row with China.

The Philippines protested his remarks.