The U.S. has strongly committed to support the development in Cambodia, U.S Secretary of State H.E. Mrs. Hillary Clinton said at a press conference yesterday evening at the Peace Palace after the 19th ASEAN Regional Forum.
“We will continue to do everything we can to help the Cambodian people realize their own future,” she said.
According to U.S. Secretary Clinton, the U.S.’ assistance to Cambodia was more than double in the last decade, it was more than US$75 million for Cambodia.
The U.S.’ assistance to Cambodia has mainly focused on the health sector, especially on HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health care, and people’s living standard improvement, she said.
“We want more people, especially women and children to be healthy, and have a better life,” she said.
Related to Cambodia’s debt to the U.S., H.E. Mrs. Hillary Clinton said the U.S. will work with the Royal Government of Cambodia to settle the long standing issue.
During her stay in Cambodia from July 11-14, H.E. Mrs. Hillary Clinton has attended the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 19th ASEAN Regional Forum, and paid courtesy call on to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Today, she is scheduled to travel to Siem Reap where she will deliver the keynote remarks on the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue for the Lower Mekong Initiative.