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Cambodian King Feted

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 18 (KCNA) -- The Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly hosted a reception at the People's Palace of Culture on April 17 in honor of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on an official visit to the DPRK. Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the SPA, in a speech at the reception said that the DPRK visit of the Cambodian king is an expression of the firm will of the king and the people of Cambodia to value and steadily develop the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and greatly encourages the Korean people in their vigorous drive to step up the building of a great prosperous powerful nation and the cause of independent national reunification. The Korean people will make positive efforts for the development of traditional relations of friendship with the Cambodian people and extend support to the Cambodian people in their efforts to achieve the peace and stability of the country and the unity of the nation, he noted.
    Highly praising the king for devotedly striving for the prosperity of the country and the well-being of the people, true to the intention of the great king, he sincerely wished the king greater success in his future work.
    The Cambodian king in a speech expressed his wholehearted admiration at the fact that leader Kim Jong Il who is carrying forward the cause of President Kim Il Sung has built great Korea into a country most developed in all fields and provided an excellent basis for the reunification of the country as required by the Juche idea. The king expressed his full support to the righteous line set forth by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, supreme leader of the Korean people, to peacefully reunify the country. The continued mutual visits of the high-ranking leaders of the two countries century after century have further strengthened the bilateral ties of great friendship and unity and cooperation in various fields in the common interests of the two peoples, he said, adding that the cooperative relations between the two countries will make an affirmative contribution to the stability and development of the region and the world. Present on invitation were suite members of the king, Cambodian Ambassador to the DPRK Chhorn Hay and embassy officials.
    On hand were Ro Tu Chol, vice-premier of the Cabinet, Kim Jin Song, minister of Culture, Kim Yong Il, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Choe Han Chun, DPRK ambassador to Cambodia, Kim Jae Gon, vice-chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee, and officials concerned.
    A performance was given by the artistes of the Mansudae Art Troupe at the reception.

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