Southeast Asia’s regional bloc, ASEAN, added a surprising member from the other side of the world on Saturday, thanks to a new gaffe by the US president. Joe Biden. “I would like to thank the Prime Minister for leading Colombia as President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations”Biden said he had begun talks with regional leaders in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, headed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Colombia seems to be on the mind of the President of the United States, because he made the same mistake when he left the White House on his long trip to Asia. Biden told reporters he was headed “to Colombia,” before quickly correcting himself and saying, “I mean Cambodia.”
Biden turned 80 this month and is known for his many mistakes during most of his long career in Washington. Also on this trip Cambodia urged to release activist Teri SinghHe was sentenced to six years in prison for treason. Singh, who is being held in Preah Vihear prison in the north of the country, began a seven-day hunger strike on Monday to protest her conditions of detention. The lawyer and activist, a long-time critic of Hun Sen, the country’s strongman since 1985, hopes to force the authorities to transfer her to a wilderness prison in the country’s capital.