Preah Vihear Border Checkpoint to Go International

A delegation of Cambodian officials including Foreign Affairs Min­ister Hor Namhong will meet with Thai counterparts in Bangkok next week to sign off on an agreement that will open an international border checkpoint in Preah Vihear province, the ministry said Friday.

The initiative will see the existing An Seh checkpoint—about 45 km east of Preah Vihear temple—upgraded to allow tourists to flow freely be­tween Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand and Choam Ksan district.

“This border crossing in not only for tourism, it is also for economic reasons, to increase trade,” said Chum Soun­ry, Foreign Affairs Min­istry spokesman.

A press release from the ministry dated Thursday says that Cambodians and Thais living in the border area would be eligible for a “border pass,” which would allow them to travel and stay in the other country for up to seven days.

It says that 15 and 30 day passes would also be available.

Mr. Soun­ry referred questions about the passes to the Interior Ministry spokesman, who could not be reached.

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