Hun Sen Directs Government to Renew Cooperation with United States

Hun Sen said in the cabinet meeting that the relationship was not starting from the zero mark, instead was a continuation of an existing healthy relationship.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen advised his government to strengthen frayed relations with the United States, which has been routinely blamed for allegedly aiding an overthrow of the government, according to a Council of Ministers press release on Friday.

In a statement, Hun Sen welcomed Murphy’s remarks on non-interference in Cambodia’s internal affairs and that the U.S. did not support any violent overthrow of the government. However, the U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh did not confirm if ambassador Murphy had made those assurances to the Cambodian government.

“In this new context with His Excellency Patrick Murphy as the U.S. ambassador, Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all ministries, institutions and sub-national administrations to work together to strengthen and extend the good relationship with the U.S.,” the Council of Ministers statement reads.

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