Government officials confirmed yesterday that Prime Minister Hun Sen met with his Thai counterpart Abhisit Vejjajiva on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe meeting in Brussels on Monday, but were unaware of what the two leaders had talked about.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said the 15-minute meeting had been held before the first session of the intercontinental summit on Monday afternoon.
“I have not received the result of the meeting yet,” Mr Kuong said yesterday.
Nor had Mr Hun Sen’s assistant Eang Sophalleth, who said details of the meeting would be released when the premier returned to Cambodia on Thursday.
Sry Tamarong, an adviser to Mr Hun Sen who accompanied the Cambodian delegation to the Brussels meeting, said he was too busy to speak to a reporter yesterday.
Thailand, however, was a little more forthcoming with details about the meeting.
While officials at the Thai Foreign Ministry were unavailable, a statement released by the Thai government’s public relations department said Mr Abhisit believed the positive signs shown during his meeting with Mr Hun Sen, would lead to better bilateral ties in the future.
“Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said after his talks with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen in the 8th Asia Europe meeting in Belgium that ministers and journalists from the two neighboring countries would exchange visits in the next four to five months,” the statement said.
“Thailand and Cambodia will later discuss facts regarding [border] demarcation and current issues prior to the next meeting [between the leaders] in Hanoi, Vietnam, this month.”
(Additional reporting by Mark Worley)