Cambodian peacekeepers returned home yesterday after completing a United Nations mission in Mali and South Sudan.
Defence Minister Tea Banh welcomed all 382 peacekeepers at the ministry.
Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said it was a matter of national pride for Cambodia to send peacekeepers to protect peace abroad.
“It is pride not just for our troops but for Cambodian people because they have recognised our country on the international stage,” Gen Sucheat said. “It has clearly shown our country loves peace under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen.”
In October 2017, military officials said 4,769 Cambodian peacekeepers had been deployed since 2006 in Chad, the Central African Republic, Lebanon, North Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Cyprus and Mali.