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Cambodia's Former PM Hun Sen Visits Thaksin in Thailand

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's former Prime Minister Hun Sen embarked on a private visit to Thailand to meet with Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand who has recently been granted a royal pardon. The visit took place on Wednesday, February 21, with Hun Sen leaving Phnom Penh around 10 am for Bangkok.

On social media, Hun Sen shared his enthusiasm for the trip, stating, "I am on my way to Bangkok to visit my brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand." This visit signifies a reunion of two long-standing allies in the Southeast Asian political landscape.

Thaksin Shinawatra, who is on parole after serving a reduced sentence, was eagerly anticipating Hun Sen's arrival. The two have fostered a deep friendship over the years, and Hun Sen's visit comes amidst concerns for Thaksin's health following his recent release from hospital treatment for various conditions.

Thaksin's health has been a topic of much speculation after his discharge from the Police General Hospital. He had been treated for several ailments, though specific details were kept confidential in line with patient privacy. However, Thaksin's daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, shed light on her father's condition, revealing that the neck brace and sling he was seen wearing are due to cervical spondylosis and tendonitis, respectively. Thaksin has also undergone surgery for a frayed tendon and has been recovering from the effects of three bouts of Covid-19, including long-term symptoms.

During a meeting with members of the Pheu Thai Party, which Thaksin founded and his daughter now leads, Paetongtarn provided updates on her father's health. A Pheu Thai spokesperson confirmed the medical reasons for Thaksin's physical aids and mentioned his slow recovery due to limited exercise opportunities while hospitalized.

Despite these health challenges, Thaksin is focused on regaining his strength to continue advising politicians, reflecting his ongoing influence in Thai politics.

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