On March 30, 2012, upon arrival in Phnom Penh, Chinese President Hu Jintao held a telephone conversation with Cambodian Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, who is accompanying her husband, King Father Norodom Sihanouk, in Beijing. Both sides held cordial and friendly talks.
Speaking in Chinese, Monineath conveyed the cordial greetings and warm welcome of King Father Norodom Sihanouk and herself to President Hu and his wife Liu Yongqing. She expressed gratitude to Hu for sending State Councilor Dai Bingguo to visit them during their stay in Beijing and wished Hu's visit to her country a great success.
Hu conveyed his cordial greetings and sincere thanks to Sihanouk and Monineath. "Upon setting foot on the soil of Cambodia, I have received a warm reception from the Royal Family, the Cambodian government and the Cambodian people. I am deeply impressed by the deep-rooted friendship between the two peoples," Hu said. The China-Cambodia relationship had developed smoothly in recent years and cooperation in various areas between the two countries had always yielded results, Hu said. The president highly appreciated the special contribution made by Sihanouk to promoting bilateral ties, saying the current sound relationship was a result of joint efforts by the King Father and Chinese leaders as well as the endeavors by the two peoples. He said he believed his visit would bring the bilateral ties to a higher level.
Upon Hu's arrival at the hotel, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace Kong Sam Ol, on behalf of Sihanouk and Monineath, presented flower baskets to President Hu and his wife to extend best wishes.