Malaysia to bring home 111 citizens stranded in Cambodia

Malaysia has sent a special plane to evacuate its citizens from Cambodia. (Facebook pic)

PHNOM PENH: Malaysia and France have organised chartered flights to fly out hundreds of their citizens stranded in Cambodia after the nation sealed borders and cancelled flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Malaysia sent a special plane to take home 111 stranded citizens on Wednesday, said Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn.

At the same time, Cambodia coordinated with Malaysia to repatriate six Cambodians stranded in Malaysia, Sokhonn said in a Facebook post yesterday.

A special charter flight departed yesterday with 413 French citizens on board.

“We are trying to find solutions for stranded French tourists who have their flights cancelled or cannot go through transit hubs in the region anymore,” Hugo Wavrin, political and press counsellor at the French embassy in Cambodia, told Reuters today.

He said another 100 French nationals will be leaving Cambodia tomorrow and many more will be leaving in the next two days aboard regular commercial flights.

Cambodia reported two new coronavirus cases yesterday, taking its total to 98, the health ministry said.