Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has suggested Cambodia and the U.S. to work on their disagreements in order to improve their bilateral relations.

While meeting with U.S. Senator H.E. Ms. Tammy Duckworth in Washington D.C. in the morning of May 11 (Washington D.C. time), on the sidelines of the ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the relations between the two countries have reached the highest level ever in the past 72 years, but there are some issues that hinder the strengthening and expansion of their relations, including the Agreement to repatriate Cambodian citizens when convicted, conditions for visas of diplomats, and so on, reported H.E. Kao Kim Hourn, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister after the meeting.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen thus asked H.E. Ms. Tammy Duckworth to consider mediating on these issues.

The Cambodian Premier also highlighted the development issue at Ream Naval Base, explaining that it is a development to strengthen the capacity of the Cambodian defence sector, not to serve any foreign troops. He underlined that the Cambodian Constitution clearly states that no foreign troops are allowed on its territory and that the Cambodian army will not operate in any other country except for peacekeeping operations under the UN umbrella.

Besides, Samdech Techo Hun Sen briefed H.E. Ms. Tammy Duckworth on the democratic process in Cambodia, laid stress on the growing bilateral trade and investment, and requested the U.S. Senator to encourage more American investors to invest in Cambodia.

For her part, H.E. Ms. Tammy Duckworth thanked the Cambodian Prime Minister for his attention to bettering the relations between both nations, and spoke highly of his efforts, as the ASEAN Chair, in solving the Myanmar issue.

The U.S. senator noted more room for promoting the economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries and pledged to encourage more American investors to Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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