Opposition leader Sam Rainsy will meet Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the Australian Parliament on Wednesday, the Cambodia National Rescue Party announced yesterday.
Rainsy is leading a CNRP delegation to Australia and New Zealand and will also meet deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek, chief opposition whip Chris Hayes and Australian Greens leader Christine Milne, along with members of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, according to the statement.
Bishop visited Cambodia in February and held meetings with Prime Minister Hun Sen, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
Following her visit, Gareth Evans, a former Australian foreign minister recognised as one of the architects of the Paris Peace Agreements, accused Bishop of failing to deliver a strong critique of the government’s recent rights record.
A few days later Bishop hit back, telling the ABC that she had raised human rights issues in all the meetings.