U.S. Secretary of State H.E. John Kerry will visit Cambodia and other Lower Mekong countries, including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam this year, said Spokesperson for Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Koy Kuong.
Briefing to reporters upon the meeting here this morning between H.E. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and visiting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs H.E. Scot Marciel, H.E. Koy Kuong said this visit is part of the cooperation between the U.S. and the lower Mekong countries where the US. has paid attention on six pillars including health, education, safety of energy, environment and water, regional connectivity, and food and agriculture.
H.E. Scot Marciel affirmed the U.S.’ intention to strengthen cooperation with the Southeast Asian countries, said the spokesperson, adding that both H.E. Hor Namhong and H.E. Scot Marciel also exchanged views on regional cooperation as well as regional issues, including the South China Sea, and East China Sea issues.
In reply, H.E. Hor Namhong confirmed that Japan, the Republic of Korea and China are Cambodia’s close friends as well as ASEAN’s strategic partners, therefore Cambodia always urges all sides to settle the issues peacefully and to respect the international law.