Cambodian FM Optimistic of Cambodia-U.S. Bilateral Relations

Hor Nam[2]Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong has expressed his optimism towards the future relations between Cambodia and the United States.

Speaking at a press conference at Phnom Penh International Airport on Oct. 1 upon his arrival from the 64th UN General Assembly in New York, H.E. Hor Namhong said during their bilateral talks, U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton has praised for the development of the good relationship between Cambodia and the U.S

He continued that on the occasion, he asked the U.S. government to consider writing off the debts owned by the U.S.-backed Lon Nol regime in the 1970s. If not possible, we hope that the U.S. shift most of the debts as development aid for Cambodia, said the Cambodian top diplomat, adding that Mrs. Clinton said she will pay attention and take care of this issue.

The U.S. secretary of state further appreciated the progress in democracy and human rights practice in the kingdom, hoping that this progress will continue and will not move back, H.E. Hor Namhong said. 

In reply, he stressed the full freedom of expression in Cambodia by mentioning the presence of thousands of NGOs and a hundred of civil society working with human rights in the country, and the freedom to criticize the government through media, at the National Assembly or abroad.

H.E. Hor Namhong further pointed out that during the talks, both sides also discussed about Myanmar issue, the cooperation between Mekong and Mississippi rivers, saying that Cambodia is preparing to host the meeting of technical expertise cooperation between the two rivers.

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