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Visit to Vientiane: Kingdom’s top leaders go to Laos

Visit to Vientiane: Kingdom’s top leaders go to Laos

Visit to Vientiane
THE Kingdom’s top leaders departed yesterday for a secretive trip to Laos, reportedly joining government officials from communist Vientiane and Hanoi for a one-day meeting.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, Senate President Chea Sim and National Assembly President Heng Samrin led a delegation of roughly 30 officials on the trip, according to a government official who declined to be named.
The ruling triumvirate are believed to be joining officials from Laos and Vietnam for a meeting of Indochinese Communist parties, the official said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong said he had no information about the trip, though he confirmed that foreign minister Hor Namhong was part of the delegation. When asked about the trip, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said only that Hun Sen “will be back [today] at 9:30”, declining to discuss the purpose of the visit.

“In other democratic countries, the people all over the country ... know where [their leaders] go and what they are doing,” Sam Rainsy Party spokesman Yim Sovann said. “For the leaders of Cambodia, I don’t know what they’re doing.”

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