United States Ambassador Patrick Murphy has pledged to talk openly with the Cambodian government about the areas where both parties see things differently in order to strengthen close bilateral ties.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Interior Minister Sar Kheng today, Ambassador Murphy said he hopes that Cambodia can continue to make progress to achieve a full multi-party democracy in accordance with the constitution.
“All Cambodians whether they are inside the country or outside the country can participate in the political process even when they have different views, even when they dissent,” he said.
“We noted that the recent detention have denied some freedom for some Cambodians. We hope they can be restored. That would be a good thing for Cambodia, a good thing for the bilateral relationship in Cambodia’s international standing as well,” Ambassador Murphy added.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said under a multi-party democracy, the government will strive to do what is appropriate to bring Cambodia peace, stability and development.
“We talked about this and I told him that the government will do everything to secure social security, peace, stability and the country’s development,” he said. “We also agree to enhance more cooperation between the two countries.”
According to Mr Kheng and Ambassador Murphy, the meeting also discussed on areas of close bilateral cooperation including law enforcement matter such as trafficking of wildlife, trafficking in person, child protection, and effort to counter international criminal activities.
Ambassador Murphy noted that both United States and Cambodia undertake effort to protect each other respective diplomatic, mission, and personnel, and on his part, he thanked Cambodia for the good services that he received in Cambodia.
“I wish deputy prime minister and all Cambodians a wonderful holiday weekend and congratulate Cambodia on celebrating Independence Day and I also look forward to partaking in the water festival activities. And we know safety and security is important and we respect the responsibility that the deputy prime minister has for public safety and security,” he said.