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Sri Lanka PM Visits Cambodia

The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is in Cambodia to discuss economic, cultural and Buddhist interests. The 4-day visit to Cambodia is part of Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka's trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Cambodian Minister of Defense Tea Banh tells VOA that the purpose of the visit is to strengthen country relations between Sri Lanka and Cambodia. He says Cambodia will not talk about the sale of arms to the Tamil rebels.

In the 1990s there were reports that the Tamil rebels illegally purchased weapons in Cambodia to fight the Sri Lankan government.

According to the statement of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka will meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Ministry of Council of Ministers Thursday but did not reveal the agenda of the meeting.