Tea Banh bonds with Thai official

Tea Banh bonds with Thai official

Thailand’s Royal Air Force yesterday made an introductory visit to Minister of Defence Tea Banh, with the two sides discussing general military issues between the neighbouring countries to bolster military ties.

“It was a pleasure welcoming the Royal Thai Air Force, who made a visit to the Cambodian Royal Air Force,” Banh told Thai Air Force Commander Treetod Sonjance. “It is good opportunity for us to exchange experience and tie the military relationship and friendship.”

Appearing before reporters, neither Banh, who also serves as a deputy prime minister, nor Treetod mentioned tensions between the Thailand and Cambodia, including the disputed portions of the 4.6-square-kilometre area surrounding the Preah Vihear temple. The temple was the cause behind clashes between the countries in 2008.

Violent clashes over the disputed territory – a UNESCO World Heritage site – left at least 18 people dead and thousands displaced along the border in 2011. The same year Cambodia asked the International Court of Justice to reinterpret a 1962 ruling over which country owned the land.

However, Thailand, in the past, has provided air force training to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, Banh said.

“I would like to thank my military delegates for the warm welcome I have received, and giving me the honour of visiting Cambodia,” Treetod said to reporters.


  • Hun Sen’s China visit ‘a good opportunity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Beijing on Sunday to discuss economic and trade issues presents a good opportunity for the Kingdom to strengthen Chinese ties and counter punitive measures by the West, an analyst says. The prime minister’s four-day official visit to

  • Former chief bodyguard receives royal pardon

    The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.

  • Close to the edge: Hair raising pictures from Kulen Mountain

    A new hair raising attraction on Kulen Mountain has finally opened to the public, with people flocking to the protruding cliff edge overlooking green mountainous forests to take photographs. The giant overhanging rock is situated in an area known as Mahendraparvata – an ancient city of

  • US warned not to interfere despite successful meeting

    A senior Ministry of National Defence official said the Tuesday meeting between the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia Joseph H Felter and General Neang Phat had helped strengthen relations between the two countries’ militaries. However, a senior Cambodian People’