Controversial Egyptian businessman Mohamed Fayed met with Prime Minister Hun Sen
and several senior Government officials during a two hour visit to Cambodia on Tuesday
Fayed was accompanied by the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
and a number of Thai business people.
Government spokesman, Khieu Kannarith, said that the delegation was briefed on a
number of issues including security, taxation and business opportunities.
He said the trip was an exploratory one and he did not know of any particular investment
the participants were considering.
Fayed, who is brother-in-law of the world's largest private arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi,
owns London's exclusive Harrods department store. However he is best known for his
son Dodi's relationship with England's Princess Diana. Both were killed in a car
crash in Paris in 1997.
The Khmer-language Press has speculated that the delegation was in Cambodia to elicit
support for a financial advisor to Chavalit who was arrested in Britain for trying
to buy oil from Iraq in contravention of international sanctions.
Kannarith dismissed the suggestions, saying that the Cambodia was fully aware that
it was illegal to buy oil from Iraq.