Cambodia’s Hun Sen Points to Trump Letter as Sign of US Support

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen pointed this week to a Nov. 1 letter from U.S. President Donald Trump as a signal of unqualified U.S. support for his government, noting that Trump said the United States does not seek “regime change” in the autocratic Southeast Asian state.

“The U.S. promises to respect our sovereignty,” Hun Sen wrote on his Facebook page after meeting on Thursday with U.S. Ambassador Patrick Murphy, adding that the U.S. has also offered help to Cambodia to combat money laundering, along with “other technical supports.”

Absent from Hun Sen’s Facebook post, however, was any mention of Trump’s statement that while “My government seeks a relationship with your government based on mutual respect,” Cambodia must now enact political reforms.

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