Beijing (FN), Feb. 5 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reaffirmed his commitment to stand beside China, the Kingdom’s ironclad friend, through thick and thin, speaking in a courtesy call on President Xi Jinping, held in Beijing on 5 February 2020.

Premier Hun Sen reaffirmed to Xi Jinping that Cambodia will not evacuate its officials and students from China nor ban the Chinese flights to the Kingdom.

According to Kao Kim Hourn, delegate minister attached to prime minister, the Strongman told President Xi that he paid a working visit to Beijing for three critical reasons.

First, to extend comfort and solidarity to the Chinese Government and People during the difficult time; second, to build confidence for and encourage Cambodian people living in China to fight beside the host; and third, to send message that the challenging issue is not coronavirus itself, but a psychological war on fear of epidemics.

Before President Xi, Cambodia’s Strongman Hun Sen stated his principle that “we cannot be there when things are good but run away when troubles come.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen emphasised that the Cambodian Government and People will stand firmly with the Chinese side to fight against the epidemic at this very difficult moment.

“Only the toughest grass can stand strong wind. Only a true friend stays during difficult time.”

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni also sent a condolence letter to President Xi during the difficult time facing coronavirus epidemic.

“I have been profoundly saddened to learn of the outbreak of the new coronavirus which has affected the People's Republic of China and has caused human loss,” His Majesty wrote in the letter dated 5 February 2020.

“I extend my sincere condolences and profound sympathy to Your Excellency and to the valiant families of the victims.”