Jan 30, 2013

Cambodia - French, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese leaders to attend Cambodia's royal cremation

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The prime ministers of France, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will attend next week's royal cremation in Cambodia along with senior political, royal and military figures from across the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

Norodom Sihanouk, former King of Cambodia, died in October last year in Beijing at the age of 89.

The ministry said King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Monineath would receive in separate audiences French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Japan's Prince Akishino and Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference.

At the same time, Prime Minister Hun Sen will meet separately with the French, Japanese and Chinese dignitaries as well as Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Hun Sen will also meet Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong will meanwhile meet with Brunei Development Minister Suyoi Osman, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Indonesian Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto.

The foreign minister will also meet South Korean Presidential Chief of Staff Ha Kum-Loul and Australian Lieutenant-General John Sanderson, the military commander of UNTAC forces in Cambodia 20 years ago.

The ministry said Myanmar Senior Minister Tin Naing Thein would also attend the cremation which is scheduled to take place on Monday next week, three days after the royal funeral procession this Friday.

Rasmei Kampuchea Daily

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