Cambodia, U.S. Discuss Bilateral Cooperation
AKP Phnom Penh, June 01, 2021 --
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, held talks here this afternoon at the Peace Palace with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State H.E. Ms. Wendy R. Sherman.
According to H.E. Eang Sophalleth, the Premier's Assistant, H.E. Ms. Wendy R. Sherman expressed her satisfaction with the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various domains, especially in searching for the remains of American soldiers and anti-terrorism as well as humanitarian cooperation such as the authorisation of the docking at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port of Westerdam cruise ship which was turned away by many countries amid COVID-19 fears.
The U.S. deputy secretary of state also mentioned about the opportunities of bilateral cooperation in debt resolution, oil and gas sector, and U.S. investment on water, infrastructure, green energy, and so on.
In reply, Samdech Techo Hun Sen thanked the U.S. for its contribution to the peace building and development of Cambodia.
Regarding the debts Cambodia owed to the U.S., the Cambodian Prime Minister asked the U.S. side to consider resolving the issue on bilateral basis, including turning 70 percent of the debts into development assistance for the fields of education, culture, mine and UXO clearance.
Furthermore, Samdech Techo Hun Sen demanded the reconsideration of the cooperation on deportation of Cambodian-American convicts to Cambodia.
H.E. Ms. Wendy R. Sherman pledged to bring the Premier's requests to her government for consideration.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman arrived in Cambodia this afternoon, as part of her 11-day visit to a number of countries.
(Photo: Kok Ky)
By C. Nika