Since the new US Ambassador to Cambodia W Patrick Murphy presented his credentials to Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on 19 October 2019, a number of developments have unfolded that indicate a potential diplomatic rapprochement between the two countries. Ambassador Murphy met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on 23 October and, two days later, Hun Sen advised cabinet officials to reinvigorate ties with Washington.
It may be too early to judge whether Hun Sen genuinely wants to improve relations with the United States, but his recent manoeuvring is noteworthy. Just two years ago Hun Sen accused Washington of colluding with the now banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) against his government.
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