Leaders arrive in Cambodia for royal cremation ceremony of Sihanouk

2013-02-03 23:40:14 GMT2013-02-04 07:40:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, arrives in Phnom Penh to attend the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 3, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, arrives in Phnom Penh to attend the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 3, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) shakes hands with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, Feb. 3, 2013. Ayrault arrived here on Sunday morning to attend the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk, which will be held on Monday. (Xinhua/Sovannara)Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) shakes hands with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, Feb. 3, 2013. Ayrault arrived here on Sunday morning to attend the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk, which will be held on Monday. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) shakes hands with Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar C. Binay at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 3, 2013. Binay visited Cambodia for the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk, which will be held on Monday. (Xinhua/Sovannara)Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) shakes hands with Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar C. Binay at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 3, 2013. Binay visited Cambodia for the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk, which will be held on Monday. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
Jia Qinglin (1st L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Cambodia's Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (2nd R) and King Norodom Sihamoni (1st R) in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 4, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)Jia Qinglin (1st L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Cambodia's Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (2nd R) and King Norodom Sihamoni (1st R) in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 4, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 4, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Feb. 4, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Singapore sends delegation for Cambodian former king's cremation ceremony

Singapore is scheduled to send a delegation leading by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of the late King-Father of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, on Monday.

The city-state's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday that during his stay in Phnom Penh, the deputy prime minister will also meet with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Namhong and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Keat Chhon.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier visited Phnom Penh in last October to pay tribute to the late King-Father after his body returned home.

Cambodian PM meets senior officials from Philippines, S. Korea

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday afternoon met with Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar C. Binay as he visited Cambodia to take part in the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

The meeting was made at the capital's Peace Palace. Binay expressed deep sympathy over the death of the King Father; he conveyed deep regret from the Government and the people of the Philippines to Hun Sen.

In a separate meeting with Hun Sen, South Korea's Presidential Chief of Staff Ha Kum-Loul also expressed condolences over Sihanouk's death, saying the demise of the King Father was a great loss not only for Cambodia, but also for South Korea and the region.

Hun Sen thanked them for their participation in the cremation ceremony of the King Father, which will be held on Monday evening.

Born on Oct. 31, 1922, Cambodia's most revered monarch ruled the country from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication in 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 Oct. 15 last year.

French PM visits Cambodia to attend Sihanouk's funeral

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday afternoon met with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who visited the country to attend the cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

The meeting was held at the capital's Peace Palace. Ayrault, on behalf of the Government of France and French citizens, expressed condolences to Hun Sen over the passing-away of former King Sihanouk.

Hun Sen thanked Ayrault for his visit to Cambodia to participate in the cremation ceremony of the King Father, which will be held on Monday evening.

Earlier in the day, Ayrault also paid a courtesy call on Sihanouk's wife Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, and her son King Norodom Sihamoni in order to express his deep sympathy to them over Sihanouk's death.

Ayrault is the highest-ranking European representative to attend the cremation ceremony.

Born on Oct. 31, 1922, Cambodia's most revered monarch ruled the country from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication in 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.

Sihanouk was a presence through decades of political and social turmoil in Cambodia, despite long periods of exile overseas.

He died of illness at the age of 90 in Beijing on Oct. 15 last year.

China's top political advisor arrives in Cambodia for ex-King Sihanouk's funeral

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, arrived here Sunday afternoon to attend the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian former King Norodom Sihanouk, which will be held on Monday.

At the Phnom Penh International Airport, Jia was cordially greeted by Long Visalo, Secretary of State at Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During his stay in Cambodia, he will meet with Sihanouk's wife Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen to convey the grief of the 1.3 billion Chinese people to them over the passing-away of the King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the eldest son of Sihanouk and former Prime Minister of Cambodia, told Xinhua Saturday that "the visit of Jia Qinglin is a testament to prove excellent and strong relationship and cooperation between China and Cambodia."

Prince Sisowath Thomico, the spokesman for the Royal Cabinet and former aide to the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, said Jia ' s visit is a big honor for Cambodia.

"It is the symbol of the friendship and the fraternity that links Cambodia to China; it is a big honor for Cambodia to have a respected leader of the People Republic of China attending the royal funeral," he told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

"Both countries are linked together. I do not believe that anything could break that relationship, and we will further improve cooperation, friendship relations with the People Republic of China," the Prince said.

Besides Jia, a number of foreign leaders including French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar C. Binay, and Japan's Prince Akishino will also take part in the cremation ceremony on Monday.

Born on Oct. 31, 1922, Sihanouk ruled Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication on Oct. 7, 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.

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

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