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Trump thanks Cambodia over ship in rare message to China-ally

U.S. President Donald Trump has thanked Cambodia for taking in the castaway cruise ship MS Westerdam in a rare message to a country that is one of China’s closest allies and has often been at odds with Washington.

Five countries turned away the Westerdam, worried its passengers could be carrying the coronavirus despite it having no known cases before Cambodia’s authoritarian prime minister, Hun Sen, agreed the passengers could disembark there.

“Thank you to the beautiful country of Cambodia for accepting the @CarnivalCruise ship Westerdam into your port. The United States will remember your courtesy,” Trump said in a post on Twitter late on Friday.

The Westerdam, operated by Carnival Corp unit Holland America Inc, docked in the port of Sihanoukville on Thursday after being shunned for two weeks.

Its 1,455 passengers began to disembark on Friday.

The passengers were tested regularly on the cruise ship and Cambodia also tested 20 once it docked. None were found to have the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, the vast majority in China.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen has often sparred with the United States over its accusations of human rights abuses and its condemnation of a crackdown on the opposition since 2017.

He has brought Cambodia much closer to China, which has provided billions of dollars in aid for infrastructure projects and stood by Cambodia in the face of Western criticism.

“We are very grateful that Cambodia opened its port … We hope that other countries can be equally as helpful to people in need,” U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy told reporters at the Westerdam.

MOUNTING SCRUTINY

The cruise line industry has come under mounting scrutiny amid the virus outbreak after more than 200 people tested positive for the infection onboard a ship quarantined in Japan.

Two ships, German-owned AIDAvita and the Norwegian Jade, were denied entry by Vietnam amid the worries.

These two have, however, docked at Thai ports.

AIDAvita docked at Laem Chabang port on Friday, a Thai Marine Department official told Reuters.

“The ship will leave the port tomorrow.”

The Jade, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd , docked at Ko Samui on Saturday morning, another Thai Marine Department official said.

Health checks show nobody was sick on the ships.

(Reuters)

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