Cambodia, US mark 70 years since diplomatic relations established

Cambodia and the U.S. on Wednesday marked 70 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1950, with Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy looking ahead to areas of future cooperation.

Murphy said the U.S. would cooperate with Cambodia on easier issues first — health, education and law enforcement — before trying to tackle the contentious issues of democracy and human rights.

“First, we have a strong foundation and we want to focus on areas where we can cooperate,” he said. “When we have the basics [we can] address the areas where we have some difficulties and some differences.”

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