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Cambodia's Hun Sen welcomes passengers from shunned Westerdam

More cruise ships remain at sea over coronavirus fears

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands with passengers of the Westerdam in Sihanoukville on Feb. 14.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday personally greeted 400 or so passengers who disembarked from the Westerdam cruise ship after two weeks at sea, in a likely show of goodwill to the U.S. and Europe.

Hun Sen shook hands with passengers and handed out flowers at the port of Sihanoukville. The Cambodian government had allowed the vessel to dock Thursday as a humanitarian measure, letting passengers off after confirming that the roughly 20 sick individuals on board did not have the new coronavirus.

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