60th Anniversary of Cambodia-U.S. Diplomatic Relations Held in Phnom Penh

The 60th anniversary of Cambodia-U.S. diplomatic relations was held at Chaktomok Conference Hall in Phnom Penh on July 21 in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An, minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers.

Also present was U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Ms. Carol A. Rodley.

In his opening speech, the Cambodian deputy prime minister said from 1992 to 2009, the U.S. government provided over US$700 million in aid for the national rehabilitation and development in Cambodia, focusing on health, education, economy, mine clearance, governance and other programs.

He also thanked the U.S. government for supporting a process of the national development in the country, hoping that through the bilateral cooperation, the relations between the two nations will be developed and strengthened.

Speakers for this two-day symposium include historians David Chandler and Kenton Clymer; linguist Franklin Huffman; former U.S. Ambassadors to Cambodia Kent Wiedemann, Charles Ray and Joseph Mussomeli; former Cambodian Ambassador to the United States H.E. Ek Sereywath; and H.R.H. Samdech Norodom Sirivudh, member of the Constitutional Council of Cambodia.

This event is one of many being held throughout the week to commemorate the 60th anniversary of U.S.-Cambodian diplomatic relations.  The events are designed to highlight the shared history between the United States and Cambodia and the many ways in which the two countries are working together.

It is noted that Cambodia-U.S. diplomatic ties were established in 1950.

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