Cambodian leader meets rival who faces treason charges

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met Tuesday with an opposition leader whose political party was dissolved after he was charged with treason.

They met when Kem Sokha, who led the Cambodia National Rescue Party, paid his respects at Hun Sen’s residence for the death of the Prime Minister’s mother-in-law.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said they did not discuss political issues or Kem Sokha’s court case.

“This is Cambodian culture, even if one is a rival or opponent, when one side has lost their loved one, the other side should come to pay respects,” he said.

Photos published on Fresh News, an online news agency close to the government, showed Kem Sokha in a black business suit and Hun Sen in loose white clothing that is traditional mourning attire.

The two men were pictured side by side and talking for what Fresh News said was 50 minutes.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen talks with dissolved main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. PHOTO: AP