Cambodia's long-standing friendship with China will be "strengthened and broadened", Foreign Minister Hor Namhong was quoted as saying yesterday.
Xinhua News Agency said Hor Namhong made the remarks after a one-hour meeting with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo, who accompanied the late King Father's coffin to Phnom Penh yesterday.
"Cambodia sincerely thanked China for taking care of King Father Norodom Sihanouk's (health) until his death on Monday in Beijing," he was quoted as telling reporters.
Dai reportedly said that the death was a loss for both the Cambodian and Chinese people as "the King Father was Cambodia's top leader and a close friend of China."
Xinhua said Dai also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hun Sen.
"The premier expressed profound and heartfelt gratitude to all Chinese leaders for taking great care of the King Father's health until his death," the report said.
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