Cambodian Foreign Minister Meets U.S. Assistant Secretary of State

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E Hor Nambong on Friday last week received Mr. Kurt MCampbell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

After the meeting, Mr. Kurt MCampbell told reporters that the U.S. will take note of Cambodia’s request for its role at the U.N and will consider Cambodia’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

H.E. Ouch Borith, Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said during the meeting, H.E. Hor Namhong  highlighted the good ties of friendship and cooperation between Cambodia and the U.S. in the past few years, and thanked the U.S. for its assistance to the development of Cambodia, especially in the fields of health, mine clearance and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Both sides also discussed about Cambodia’s role as the ASEAN Chair this year.

Mr. Kurt MCampbell expressed his support to Cambodia as the 2012 ASEAN Chair and pledged to cooperate with Cambodia in all fields for the success of the ASEAN Summit, and the 35th Anniversary of the establishment of the relations between ASEAN and the U.S.

The meeting further touched on Myanmar and the South China Sea issue as well as the debt Cambodia owed to the U.S. and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Mr. Kurt MCampbell traveled to the Republic of Korea and Vietnam from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 before visiting Cambodia on Feb. 3-4.

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