Saturday, 13 June 2009

Thailand PM leaves Cambodia after plane problems

Saturday, June 13, 2009

PHNOM PENH (AP): Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva left Cambodia early Saturday after being delayed by problems with his aircraft, Cambodian police said.

A replacement plane was flown from Bangkok to collect Abhisit and his delegation, said Chay Bunna, chief of police at Phnom Penh's international airport.

The Embraer 145 jet that was supposed to have flown the Thai leader home late Friday had a minor problem with one of its wings, Chay Bunna said.

The Thai delegation had waited at the airport for the aircraft to be fixed, but eventually decided to return to the Cambodian capital for the night and left on a replacement aircraft early Saturday, he said.

Abhisit met Prime Minister Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni, held talks with Thai businessmen and visited a hospital during his one day visit.

It was Abhisit's first visit to the neighboring country since becoming prime minister in December.

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