US First Lady Michelle Obama to Visit Cambodia

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Cambodia this month to promote the White House’s Let Girls Learn education initiative, according to a statement released by the Office of the First Lady on Tuesday.

Ms. Obama is scheduled to visit Siem Reap province on March 21 and 22 following a three-day stop in Japan, the statement says.

“In Cambodia, Mrs. Obama…will see up close how community-driven solutions are changing girls’ lives,” it says, noting that Cambodia is one of the first 11 countries where the U.S. Peace Corps will implement the initiative aimed at increasing girls’ access to education.

The first lady’s trip to Cambodia comes two years after her husband, President Barack Obama, visited Phnom Penh for an Asean summit.

During that trip, Mr. Obama met briefly with Prime Minister Hun Sen, pressing him on Cambodia’s human rights record in a conversation described by a U.S. official as “tense.”

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