Cambodian Foreign Minister Yem Sambaur arrived on Saigon yesterday (Monday) for talks with South Vietnamese leaders.
Cambodian Foreign Minister Yem Sambaur arrived on Saigon yesterday (Monday) for talks with South Vietnamese leaders. It is the first official visit of a Cambodian official since relations between the two countries were formally broken off in 1964 by the then Cambodian Head of State, Prince Sihanouk.
Mr. Sambaur was greeted at Saigon Airport by South Vietnam's Foreign Minister, Mr. Tran Van Lam, and other senior government officials. He will be in South Vietnam to talk about the war spreading to his country, which is officially natural.
Among the other problems to be discussed by Mr. Sambaur and South Vietnamese leaders during his three-day visit will be the protection of Vietnamese living in Cambodia, and how to cope with the ever-growing numbers of refugees streaming into South Vietnam from Cambodia.
They will also discuss economic and trade relations between the two countries, and arrange cultural exchanges.
Strict security precautions surround Mr. Sambaur's presence in Saigon following recent student demonstrations against the Cambodian minister's visit. They were protesting about the treatment of Vietnamese residents in Cambodia, over 60,000 of whom have fled to South Vietnam.
Mr. Sambaur's busy schedule was launched by a meeting with Vice-President Nguyen Ky at the presidential residence in Saigon. He also had meetings yesterday (Monday) with President Nguyen Van Thieu, Prime Minister Tran Thien Khien and officials in charges of refugee movement.
Mr. Sambaur and his six-man Cambodian delegation will also visit a camp housing Cambodian refugees who fled across the border when American and South Vietnamese forces started the recent push into Cambodia.