Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 7 - The U.S Department of State issued an immediate release on Wednesday that they will restrict entry into the United States of some Cambodian officials, while the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will have an immediate response.

“In direct response to the Cambodian government's series of anti-democratic actions, we announce the Secretary of State will restrict entry into the United States of those individuals involved in undermining democracy in Cambodia”, stated U.S Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert in a press release.

She added that in certain circumstances, family members of those individuals will also be subject to visa restrictions.

However, Chum Sunry, Spokesman of the MoFA, said that it is not a prohibition, but a restriction. He also claimed that MoFA will have a forthcoming statement in response to the U.S press release.

In September, U.S. Embassy has discontinued issuing B1, B2, and B1/B2 visas for Cambodian MoFA employees with the rank of Director General and above, and their families, with limited exceptions under charges to deny or unreasonably delay accepting its nationals subject to be deported by the U.S.

Read full statement below.