Laos to withdraw troops as Hun Sen visits

Cambodian soldiers sit on an army vehicle as they move to Cambodia-Laos borders, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Friday. (Reuters photo)

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia and Laos reached an agreement on Saturday for Lao soldiers to pull back from their shared border after Cambodia accused Laos of sending troops into its territory, the leaders of both countries said.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday dispatched forces to the border and issued an ultimatum for Laos to withdraw the soldiers by Thursday.

The Cambodian strongman flew to Vientiane on Saturday to hold urgent talks with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

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