The U.S. government has pledged to extend more support for Cambodia in the fight against COVID-19, as it applauded the Royal Government of Cambodia for its achievement in containing and preventing the pandemic spread.

The promise was made by U.S. Ambassador H.E. Patrick Murphy in a meeting here on Nov. 17 with H.E. Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance.

“The U.S. government will continue providing assistance to the Royal Government of Cambodia in fighting against COVID-19 through grant aids for implementing programmes/projects which improve the quality of health services, promote food security, and enhance people’s living standard, especially that of rural residents, urban people who lost jobs, women victims of violence, and people with disabilities,” H.E. Patrick Murphy said.

He also highly valued Cambodia’s resumption of economic activities, particularly the reopening for vaccinated tourists without quarantine practices, which is one of the key strategies for the post-COVID-19 economic restoration.

For his part, H.E. Aun Pornmoniroth expressed thanks to the American government and people for their assistance contributing to Cambodia’s economic and social development in the sectors of health, education, environment, agriculture, and good governance and democratic development.

H.E. Deputy Prime Minister also underlined the close cooperation provided by the U.S. government in combating COVID-19 spread through a US$15 million grant aid and 1.06 million doses of Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX Facility to Cambodia.

Moreover, both sides spoke highly of the bilateral cooperation of the two countries in the areas of economy, trade, and investment.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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