Cambodian PM meets Lao, Vietnamese counterparts and Japanese prince

2013-02-04 09:15:24 GMT2013-02-04 17:15:24(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday met separately with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung as they came to Cambodia to attend the cremation ceremony of Cambodia's late former King Norodom Sihanouk.

The meetings were held at the capital's Peace Palace. On behalf of the Lao government, Thongsing Thammavong extended condolences over the demise of the King Father, saying that the death of Sihanouk was the loss of "the father of peace and national unification" for Cambodia.

He said it was also a loss for Laotians because the King Father had actively contributed to developing bilateral ties between Laos and Cambodia.

In a separate meeting, Nguyen Tan Dung, on behalf of the Vietnamese government and its people, extended his deep sorrows to Prime Minister Hun Sen over Sihanouk's death.

On Monday, Hun Sen also met with Japan's Prince Akishino who came to attend Sihanouk's cremation ceremony.

The prince expressed his deep sympathy to the premier over the passing-away of the King Father.

In those meetings, Hun Sen expressed his profound thanks to them for their participation in the cremation ceremony of the King Father.

Sihanouk ruled Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication on October 7, 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.

He died naturally and peacefully at the age of 90 in China's capital of Beijing on October 15, last year.

The late monarch suffered from various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension and had been treated by Chinese doctors in Beijing for years before his death.

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