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Cambodia’s king, prime minister make first trip on bus to far eastern province…not border?

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and other cabinet members are making their first trip together on a bus to far eastern province of Mondulkiri near Vietnam border.

Sry Thammarong, minister attached to the prime minister, said Tuesday that Prime Minister Hun Sen is accompanying King Norodom Sihamoni and are joined by other cabinet members in a visit to Mondulkiri province, some 520 km east of Phnom Penh.

He said the two-day trip”is intended to see the real lives of people living in remote provinces and to inspect the rural development especially infrastructure as well as distributing some gifts to villagers”.

The minister added that”it is the first time for the king and the prime minister to make such a joint road trip to remote areas”.

Prime Minister Hun Sen suggested several years ago that once the national road from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri province is completely built, he might invite his majesty the king to make a joint trip.

Due to several decades of civil war, many parts of the country, especially the communication and transportation lines, have been destroyed.

Mondulkiri province was originally accessed from Vietnamese side, but is now accessible from the Cambodian side. It is being connected to other eastern provinces such as Rattanakiri province.

Sihanmoni came to throne in 2004 following his father Norodom Sihanouk’s abdication.

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