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Spotlight: Cambodian official, expert urge not to politicize COVID-19 pandemic

PHNOM PENH, May 26 (Xinhua) — A Cambodian official and an expert have urged not to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic, as some countries are playing the blame game over it.

“One should not politicize COVID-19; instead, they should do their best to safeguard their citizens,” Cambodian government chief spokesman Phay Siphan told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

“Some countries have spent time blaming this or that country. This is an irresponsible act for their own citizens,” Siphan said.

Instead of blaming each other, countries should try their best to protect their people’s lives, he said.

“We don’t want to see any sides put the blame on each other; we want to see them stay united against COVID-19,” he added.

Cambodia highly commends China for taking strict measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for helping other countries, including Cambodia, to fight against the virus, he said.

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