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FM to meet US State Dept officials in New York

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Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will be in New York on Tuesday. KT/Mai Vireak

Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will lead a delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York that starts on Tuesday, and also hold sideline bilateral talks with US State Department officials, according to a media statement issued by the Foreign Ministry today.

“HE Senior Minister Prak Sokhonn will deliver his statement at the 72nd Session of the UNGA focusing on the collective effort to address climate change and terrorism, Cambodia’s achievement on the Millennium Development Goals and Cambodia’s efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” stated the media statement.

“At the sideline of the General Assembly, the senior minister will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, the UK, the US and other dignitaries,” it added.

On Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen Cambodian called on the United States on to withdraw its Peace Corps volunteers in an escalating row with the US Embassy.

The premier said he also ordered the Foreign Affairs Ministry to investigate all US citizens who “might be suspected of spying”.

Mr Hun Sen also hit out at US Ambassador William Heidt, demanding that he provide strong reasons why the US Embassy issued a travel warning on the eve of the Pchum Ben holidays.

Mr Hun Sen asked the ambassador if he had evidence over an impending terrorist attack or any other attacks on Cambodia.

“Why does His Excellency want to frighten Cambodians who are happy to celebrate the Pchum Ben Day holidays,” Mr Hun said, demanding a clarification from the US Ambassador.

“Cambodia has no intention of making trouble with US, but US should not look at Cambodia in a bad way,” added the premier.

Mr Sokha was last week charged with treason over comments made in 2013 video footage from Australia-based CBN news, which showed him saying the US government had been helping him to push for regime change in Cambodia since 1993.

According to the Foreign Ministry media statement, at the sidelines UN General Assembly Mr Sokhonn will also sign a technical cooperation agreement with Brazil and an agreement with Colombia for visa exemption to be granted to holders of Colombian diplomatic and official passports.

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