Following Release, Thailand’s Thaksin Welcomes Former Cambodian PM

The former Thai leader established a close relationship with Hun Sen during his 15 years in self-exile.

Yesterday, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra received his first foreign visitor since his parole and release from detention over the weekend: Cambodia’s former prime minister, Hun Sen.

The 71-year-old former leader flew to Thailand on a private jet and drove to the Shinawatra family compound in western Bangkok in a Maybach limousine for a visit that lasted just under two hours.

During the meeting, which was also attended by Thaksin’s daughter Paetongtarn, the pair claimed not to have discussed politics. “Two former prime ministers met and didn’t talk about politics, we just reminisced about 32 years of friendship,” Hun Sen posted on Facebook, alongside images of him sitting on a sofa next to Thaksin, still wearing the neck brace and sling that he wore during his release on February 18.

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