Cambodian Premier Lon Nol arrived at Tan Son Nhut Airport on Wednesday (January 20) for a two-day official visit to South Vietnam.
Cambodian Premier Lon Nol arrived at Tan Son Nhut Airport on Wednesday (January 20) for a two-day official visit to South Vietnam. It was the Premier's first visit to the country since the overthrow of the Cambodian Head-of-State Prince Norodom Sihanouk in March last year.
The Premier who was to confer with South Vietnamese and United States officials, said he was satisfied with American aid and did not want U.S. involvement on the ground in Cambodia.
But General Lon did reveal that he had asked for helicopters with which to equip the Cambodian Army.
General Lon was greeted at Tan Son Airport by South Vietnamese Prime Minister Khiem. Large crowds had gathered to welcome the visitor. There was a full military greeting and a jet fly-past.
The Premier and Mr. Khiem walked through cheering crowds to waiting car which took them to Independence Place where President Thieu was waiting to greet General Lon.
Later, General Lon, who also holds the Portfolio of Defense, said ho would offer to release 17 North Vietnamese prisoners of war in exchange for 17 international newsmen missing in Cambodia since April and May of last year.
The Premier also said some members of his delegation were staying behind after he had left to sign a five-point economic co-operation agreement with South Vietnam covering frontiers, telecommunications, transport, tourism and transit.
At the conclusion of his visit, General Lon said it had been a very successful trip.