Cambodian king leaves for Brunei
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni flew out of the capital Monday for a three-day official visit to Brunei expected to include meetings regarding management of Cambodia's prospective offshore oil reserves. ( dpa )
The king's schedule includes a guided tour of the Brunei Shell Petroleum complex in the oil fields of Seria. His visit is at the invitation of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
Oil-rich Brunei, a fellow member of the 10-member Association of South-East Asian Nations, has said it is advising Cambodia on management of potentially rich offshore oil reserves which the currently impoverished nation expects to tap by the end of the decade.
The royal visit, scheduled to end Wednesday, is reciprocal after the sultan's visit to Cambodia last April.
Cambodia expects to begin tapping into oil and gas reserves off its south-west coast within the decade.