Cambodian PM confident in new Thai government

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PHNOM PENH, Sept 2 — Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Thailand’s Chief of Defence Forces, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at Cambodia’s Government House in Phnom Penh on Monday and acknowledged the latter’s confidence in and support for the Thai government.

After a meeting lasting about an hour, Gen Thanasak said that Mr Hun Sen understood the situation in Thailand and congratulated the new Thai cabinet of Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on its assumption of office.

The Cambodian prime minister also believed that the new cabinet of Gen Prayuth would secure Thailand’s strong progress in ASEAN and that he would set aside Thai-Cambodian issues and focus on mutual development and boosting bilateral relations, especially along the countries shared border, Gen Thanasak said.

Gen Thanasak quoted Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen as saying that Gen Prayuth’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has received considerable support from Thai people.

In the meeting Gen Thanasak told Mr Hun Sen that the NCPO had to act to protect democracy in Thailand and prevent a civil war that would otherwise affect the growth of ASEAN.

He added that Gen Prayuth planned to visit Cambodia and meet the Cambodian prime minister in the near future.