Cambodian PM to Welcome Westerdam’s Passengers Tomorrow

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will extend warm welcome to passengers of Westerdam cruise ship which was allowed by the Cambodian authorities to dock at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, after being turned away by some countries.

"Tomorrow morning, on Feb. 14, 2020, I will welcome them (passengers) at Preah Sihanouk province as a host with solidarity and responsibility," said the Premier in a Facebook post this evening.

"As Cambodia is in peace, I dared to decide to authorise the giant cruise ship, whose entry was denied, to dock at Sihanoukville port in order to help those who have stayed on the ship for 13 days consecutively to return to their home countries safely," Samdech Techo Hun Sen added.

The Prime Minister also thanked the World Health Organisation and the countries whose citizens are on the ship for their confidence on Cambodia.

"A friend in need is a friend indeed," he underlined.

Westerdam cruise ship arrived in Preah Sihanouk province this morning, but could not dock at the port until this evening, at around 6:00, after medical checkups were conducted on the over 2,200 tourists and crewmembers on board.

According to Preah Sihanouk Provincial Governor H.E. Kuoch Chamroeun, among them, 20 have some health problems, but were not diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Anyway, their specimens were sent to the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia for laboratory testing.

Even after docking, the passengers and crewmembers were not allowed to disembark, reported an AKP's correspondent in Preah Sihanouk province.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press