Seven New Ambassadors to Leave for Overseas Posts

Seven newly appointed Cambodian ambassadors met with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace on Thursday prior to leaving for their posts in the coming days, said Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong, who has been appointed ambassador to Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Kuong said he and his fellow diplomats—Chhum Bunrong, ambassador to the U.S.; Sman Manan, ambassador to Kuwait; Norng Sakal, ambassador to Indonesia; Chea Kimtha, ambassador to Japan; Chea Thirak, ambassador to Belgium; and Pich Khunpanha, ambassador to India—will leave for their posts in the coming days.

“Seven ambassadors met with the King this morning,” Mr. Kuong said. “I am leaving tonight and the other ambassadors will leave in the following days.”

He said the new ambassadors would “make efforts to strengthen and have good diplomatic [relations] and mediate with our people, students and businessmen living in these countries.”

Mr. Kuong said King Sihamoni gave his blessing to the diplomats during Thursday’s ceremony.

“The king has sent his regards to those countries and to the Khmer people living overseas,” he said.

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