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Thailand, Cambodia Resume Railroad Traffic After 46-Year Hiatus - Reports

CC BY-SA 2.0 / Clay Gilliland / A train in Thailand's Aranyaprathet (File photo).
A train in Thailand's Aranyaprathet (File photo). - Sputnik International
BANGKOK (Sputnik) - Thailand and Cambodia resumed on Monday railroad traffic between the two countries, which was stopped in 1973 after the latter's railroad network was destroyed as the result of a civil war in Cambodia, Bangkok Post reported on Monday.

According to the newspaper, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, attended the opening ceremony near the countries' shared border and took the first train from Thailand's Aranyaprathet to Cambodia's Poipet. The restored railroad section is 30 miles long.

"The restoration of the rail link brings a new opportunity for railway services that will help contribute to the economic development of the two countries and also contribute to Asean integration and the development of Greater Mekong sub-region," the Cambodian prime minister said as quoted by the media outlet.

​The Thai prime minister, for his part, also noted the importance of resuming railroad traffic between the two countries.

​In 2018, Cambodia reopened the final stretch of a 230-mile-long railroad running from its capital, Phnom Penh, to the Thai border.

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