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Rebuild trust and confidence: Hun Sen urges Trump

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Prime Minister Hun Sen and President Donald Trump speak on the sidelines of the 2017 Asean Summit in Manila. Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday sent a response letter to United States President Donald Trump, saying that Cambodia and the US should restore trust and confidence.

Mr Hun Sen said that the bilateral relations between Cambodia and the US have been “ups and downs” in recent years.

“With regards to the bilateral relations between our two countries, I concur with you that they have gone through periods of ups and downs. However, I am of the view that we should not become hostage of a few dark chapters of our own history,” Mr Hun Sen.

“There are so many other beautiful chapters that are worth nourishing for the greater good of both of our countries and people,” he said.

Last week, Mr Trump’s letter was delivered to Mr Hun Sen, saying that the US remains committed to a future of peace, stability and prosperity for the Cambodian people.

Mr Trump said the US respects the sovereign will of the Cambodian people and does not seek regime change.

“In recent years, the United States’ relationship with the Kingdom of Cambodia has encountered difficulties, but our estrangement does not serve the interests of American and Cambodian people,” Mr Trump said.

Mr Hun Sen noted that Cambodia is upholding liberal multiparty democracy.

“As a very young democracy, you probably can appreciate our struggle to find full peace, a condition sine qua non before we can rebuild our nation, in full adherence to liberal multiparty democratic system”, Mr Hun Sen said.

Mr Hun Sen also accepted Mr Trump’s invitation to attend the Asean-US Special Summit Meeting to be held in early 2020 in the US.

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