The US to Hold Monthly Events to Mark 70 Years of US-Cambodia Relations

Ambassador Murphy making a speech at AmCam70 event yesterday photo by: Thmey Thmey
  • Jazmyn Himel
  • January 9, 2020 12:22 PM

PHNOM PENH—U.S. Ambassador Patrick Murphy said Wednesday that the embassy will hold monthly events this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and the United States.

“Each month, the embassy and our partners will spotlight thematic areas of work and our contributions here in Cambodia,” he said. 

The program, which will include conferences, visits and exchanges, will focus on a specific theme each month, he said. For example, this month is dedicated to agriculture. “This is a critical component of Cambodia’s economy and a defining part of Khmer culture,” Murphy said. Next month’s theme will be youth, education and technology, he added. 

Cambodia-U.S. diplomatic relations were established in July 1950 when U.S. diplomat Donald Heath presented his credentials to King Norodom Sihanouk. 

Interrupted during the Khmer Rouge regime in the mid-1970s and during the 1980s, they were reestablished following the Paris Peace Agreement in 1991. 

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