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Lao president due for state visit

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Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands with Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith. post staff

Lao president due for state visit

Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith will pay a two-day state visit to Cambodia on Sunday and Monday to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release that Bounnhang, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, will be visiting at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni.

The press release said Bounnhang will meet with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace and will also meet separately with Senate president Say Chhum, National Assembly president Heng Samrin and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“The state visit of His Excellency Bounnhang Vorachith will be another significant milestone to further strengthen the comprehensive and long-lasting strategic partnership, as well as promote good bonds of friendship, solidarity, and cooperation in all fields between the two neighbouring countries and people,” the press release said.

Bounnhang, it said, will lay a wreath at Independence Monument and pay tribute and his respect at the Royal Memorial of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

Former lawmaker of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party Ou Chanroth said the visit was part of strengthening and expanding the comprehensive strategic partnership between Cambodia and Laos.

“It is the effort of the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to strengthen the relationship. As we saw previously, Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen and senior officials visited the country to strengthen and enhance bilateral relations,” he said.

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