Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday attended a short ceremony at the French Embassy in Phnom Penh to express his condolences following Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, emphasizing the need to “destroy” the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the violence.
Flanked by senior government officials, Mr. Hun Sen met briefly with French Ambassador Jean-Claude Poimboeuf before signing a condolence book.
“On behalf of the Royal Government and the Cambodian people, I pay saddest condolences to the families of the victims and express deep solidarity with and kindness to the French government,” he wrote.
“Together we need to destroy this terrorist group.”
A separate condolence book at the French Embassy was made available to the public on Monday and can be signed through 5 p.m. today. At 5:30 p.m., the French Embassy and Phnom Penh’s Institut Francais will hold a joint event at the institute to honor the victims of the Paris massacres.