Foreign Minister Hor Namhong (L) meets with Lowell Mayor Rodney M. Elliott at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)
PHNOM PENH, Jan. 14 (Khmer Times) – Foreign Minister Hor Namhong announced plans for the construction of a monument to Cambodia in the town of Lowell, Massachusetts after meeting with Lowell Mayor Rodney M. Elliot in Phnom Penh today.
Mr. Namhong said that the monument will be constructed in Khmer style to represent the roughly 40,000 ethnic Cambodians who live in Lowell.
“I hope that Cambodians who live in Lowell will participate in the monument’s construction,” Mr. Namhong said.
Mr. Elliot, who is on a five-day visit to the Kingdom, said that the monument will be dedicated to all Cambodians who live in the United States.
During their meeting, Mr. Namhong and Mr. Elliot discussed Cambodia’s history, from the Khmer Rouge era to Victory Day on Jan. 7, 1979, through Cambodia’s rebuilding and development up to now.
Mr. Elliot then met Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong to sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a sister city relationship between the two cities.
According to the agreement, the two municipalities will conduct friendly exchanges on the basis equality and cooperation, with mutual benefits for each.
Mr. Elliot is scheduled to meet with King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday.
Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong shakes hands with the Mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, Rodney M. Elliott, after signing a sister agreement. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)