Hun Sen Returns After Diplomatic Meetings in Burma

Prime Minister Hun Sen, who returned from the Asean Summit in Burma on Thursday night, held bilateral talks with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Australian Prime Min­ister Tony Abbott while on his two-day trip to Naypyidaw, according to one of his deputies.

Kao Kim Hourn, a minister attached to the prime minister, told re­porters upon Mr. Hun Sen’s return to the Phnom Penh International Air­port that both Mr. Abbott and Mr. Medvedev would soon be making state visits to Cambodia, and that Mr. Hun Sen would also visit Russia and Australia in the next few months. 

In his meeting with Mr. Medvedev, Mr. Hun Sen agreed to prioritize resolving Cambodia’s outstanding debt to Russia—ac­crued mostly during the 1980s, when Russia helped build the country’s so­cialist state—and boost the number of tourists coming from Russia, according to Mr. Kim Hourn.

Mr. Hun Sen and Mr. Abbott reaffirmed their intention to follow through with a controversial refugee resettlement deal, he add­ed.

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