Cambodia's head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, arrived in Khartoum on Friday (21 November) to begin an official visit to Sudan.
Cambodia's head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, arrived in Khartoum on Friday (21 November) to begin an official visit to Sudan. Accompanied by the Cambodian Foreign Minister, Dr. Sarin Chhak and a twelve-man delegation, the Prince was greeted at Khartoum airport by Sudanese President Jaafar Mohammed Nimeiry and leading government officials.
During his six-day stay in the capital, the Prince is scheduled to hold talks with President Nimeiry on a range of issues, including bilateral relations. On Friday evening, he attended a state banquet given in his honour by the Sudanese leader.
The visit is Prince Sihanouk's first to Sudan and comes as part of an eleven-nation tour of friendly countries. He has already held talks with government leaders in China, Pakistan and Iraq.
Prince Sihanouk was restored to office as Cambodian head of state earlier this year following the Khmer Rouge take-over of government. He was deposed as head of government and head of state in March 1970 during the coup led by Marshal Lon No1. Royalist and later pro-Communist forces rallied to the Prince's cause, and Cambodia -- which changed its name to the Khmer Republic under Lon No1 -- become involved in a bitter civil war. The conflict ended when Marshal Lon No1 stepped down this year. The victorious Khmer Rouge forces proclaimed Prince Sihanouk head of state, but government of the country is firmly in the control of the former insurgent leaders.