Lieutenant General Hun Manet, Royal Armed Forces Army Commander, yesterday met with United States’ Army Pacific commander General Robert B. Brown to strengthen military ties and cooperation between both countries.
Lt Gen Manet is leading an RCAF delegation which is attending the Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference being held in Bangkok.
The conference is themed “Achieving Sustainable Security: A new perspective for Indo-Pacific Armies” and aims to boost trust, mutual understanding and collaboration among land forces in the region.
Lt Gen Manet will also be attending the Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar and Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum, which will discuss measures to develop trust among Indo-Pacific armies to reduce risk and conflict, and enhance resilience through leadership and development. It will also discuss the development of ethical and trusted land force professionals in an information-saturated environment.
A statement from the RCAF working group obtained yesterday, said Lt Gen Manet held bilateral discussions with Gen Brown in order to strengthen ties and cooperation between the two countries’ armies.
It said that Gen Brown informed him that the United States Army intends to continue its good cooperation with Cambodia’s army.
“General Brown hopes that both countries’ armies will enhance cooperation in the future,” it said.
It noted that in response, Lt Gen Manet said Cambodia welcomed the desire to enhance cooperation between the two countries’ armies.
On Monday, Lt Gen Manet held a meeting with Lieutenant General Chang Ming Kai, China’s People’s Liberation Army deputy commander, and discussed strengthening ties and comprehensive cooperation between both countries’ armies.
“Over the years, relations between the two peoples, especially between the two armies, have been one of mutual trust,” the statement quoted Lt Gen Manet as saying.
In response, Lt Gen Chang said that the top leadership of both countries, especially Prime Minister Hun Sen, made bilateral relations historical and comprehensive.
“China remains committed to continuing support for Cambodia to build and develop the country,” Lt Gen Ming Kai said.
According to its official website, the long-term objective of IPACC/IPAMS is to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region through mutual understanding, dialogue, and friendship. Both conferences have been preeminent signature events for security cooperation by bringing together dozens of nations in the hopes of creating new avenues for bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and enabling dialogue about the most pressing security challenges in one of the globe’s most volatile regions.
The biennial Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference (IPACC), now in its 11th iteration, brings together the most senior land power commanders to establish and foster personal relationships while addressing mutual interests and challenges in the region. It is co-hosted by the US Army Chief of Staff.