Cambodia, Singapore Agree to be ‘Good Neighbors’ After History Flap-Phnom Penh FM

Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said on Friday that he agreed with his Singaporean counterpart that the two Southeast Asian states remain “good neighbors” despite differing views over Vietnam’s role in Cambodia 40 years ago.

Sokhonn’s remarks came after he spoke with Singapore counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan discussed a flap over Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong remarks on May 31 recalling Vietnam’s January 1979 invasion that expelled the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime and decade-long occupation of Cambodia.

“Vivian said Lee Hsien Loong values the important relationship between Cambodia and Singapore and stated that he understand the suffering and pain of the people of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge,” Sokhonn said in statement.

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