Saturday, October 20, 2012

Southeast Asian leaders pay last respects to Cambodian king

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Philippine Lower House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte will be visiting the Royal Palace tomorrow to pay tribute to the late King Father of Cambodia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Lee and his wife would pay their respects at 11:00 on Sunday morning while Belmonte would visit 30 minutes later.

The ministry said that Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa also plans to fly to Cambodia and visit the palace at 15:00 on Monday afternoon.

Lee will also meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen after visiting the palace while Natalegawa is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, the ministry said.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were the first foreign leaders to visit the palace to pay their respects. They also met separately with Hun Sen.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao paid tribute to former king Norodom Sihanouk at a ceremony in Beijing Wednesday before the body was flown back to Cambodia.

Sihanouk died in Beijing Monday at the age of 89.-Asia News Network (October 20, 2012)

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