U.S. Administration Wants to Improve Relationship with Cambodia

United States administration has expressed its willingness to improve the relationship with Cambodia, according to a recent press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The release captured the gist of earlier sideline meeting in the Philippines between Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn and the U.S. Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs Mr. Matt Pottinger and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Mr. W. Patrick Murphy.

During the conversation, said the press release, H.E. Prak Sokhonn reiterated Cambodia's complete support for U.S. President Donald Trump's message underlining that, I [the President] respects the independence and sovereignty of your country [Cambodia]. We [U.S.] want you [Cambodia] to grow, to be strong and to be independent.

The foreign minister explained the U.S. officials that the arrest of treason-suspected opposition leader Mr. Kem Sokha as well as the closure of tax-evaded and wrongdoing media agencies and some non-governmental organisations are the government's efforts to promote the rule of law in Cambodia.

According to the release, the U.S. officials responded understandingly and positively to Cambodia's justifications of the cases, including the one behind U.S. visa restriction.

Cambodia's top diplomat also shared with the officials the commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia to ensure a free and fair general election next year.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press