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Officials: 'Win-Win' policy, peace to thank for first Siem Reap Songkran in two years

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Officials: 'Win-Win' policy, peace to thank for first Siem Reap Songkran in two years

This year's joyful celebrations of Khmer New Year in Siem Reap after a two-year Covid-19 hiatus are possible thanks to Prime Minister Hun Sen's "Win-Win" policy that brought about comprehensive peace in Cambodia and "successful" nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive, said the provincial administration.

The "Siem Reap Songkran" this year sees the likes of Minister of National Defense Tea Banh and many other high-profile figures from the parliament and the government, with religious ceremonies observed and traditional games played at some temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

“Our people are grateful to Prime Minister Hun Sen's win-win policy that brought about peace and prosperity gradually to our nation, especially new achievements including the revamped 38 roads in Siem Reap, which the premier has declared the 'rising star of the north',” the provincial administration said on April 14, the first day of the New Year.

“Local visitors thank Prime Minister Hun Sen for providing free Covid-19 vaccinations, both basic doses and booster shot. These, coupled with his 'three dos and three dont's' health guidelines have enabled us all to gather and enjoy this moment together.”

"Thanks to peace and the vaccination drive, people across the country and tourists alike have the opportunity to join Siem Reap Songkran this year", it added.

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