Former National Assembly president and Funcinpec leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday in Phnom Penh, where they reminisced about their past efforts to develop the region.
Prince Ranariddh met Sheikh Hasina at the hotel where she was staying during her three-day goodwill visit to Cambodia, according to Funcinpec vice-president Nhep Bunchin, who attended the meeting.
Mr Bunchin said the meeting recalled the close work between Prince Ranariddh and Sheikh Hasina when the prince served as the president of the National Assembly from 1998 to 2006.
“Prince Ranariddh is an old friend of Sheikh Hasina and was also one of the co-founders of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties when he was president of the National Assembly,” he said.
Mr Bunchin said both had done a lot to advance the region, adding that Prince Ranariddh used the meeting to thank Sheikh Hasina for naming an important road in Dhaka after the late King Norodom Sihanouk.
“During the meeting, Prince Ranariddh urged Sheikh Hasina to encourage Bangladesh to launch direct flights between Dhaka and Phnom Penh, to boost trade and tourism for both countries,” he said.
In response, Sheikh Hasina welcomed Prince Ranariddh’s comments and said Bangladesh would do so at some point in the future.
Mr Bunchin said Prince Ranariddh also called on Sheikh Hasina to open a diplomatic office in Phnom Penh, to further strengthen bilateral cooperation between the countries. Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to return to Bangladesh yesterday afternoon.