Ambassador Chum Sounry had a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy at the Department of State on July 28, 2021.
During the meeting, the Envoys of the two countries had an exchange of views and discussion on the bilateral cooperation in different fields.
Ambassador Chum Sounry Discusses with U.S. Congresswoman Carol Miller about Bilateral Trade Promotion
Ambassador Sounry met with US Congresswoman Carol Miller (R., West Virginia), Member of the House’s Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, at the Capitol Hill on July 27, 2021.
The exchange of views and discussion focused mainly on the promotion of Cambodia-US bilateral trade relations and the renewal of US GSP.
Ambassador Chum Sounry attended Buddhist ceremonies at two Buddhist temples in Virginia on July 25, 2021
Ambassador Chum Sounry and the Embassy staff have attended on July 25, 2021 the following Buddhist ceremonies:
1. The Vassa and Fundraising Ceremony at Ratanarainsi Buddhist Temple (វត្តរតនរង្សី) located in Nokesville, Virginia.
2. The Vassa Ceremony & Bonn Phka Prak Sammaki at Watt Buddhaeya Monkol (វត្តពុទ្ធជ័យមង្គល) in Woodbridge, Virginia.
The monks and pagoda committees of both pagodas have extended a warm welcome to and sympathy with our presence.
Following are the main activities of Ambassador Chum Sounry during his working visit to Minnesota on July 10-11, 2021:
1. The Ambassador paid tribute to the monks in Watt Munisotaram (the biggest Cambodian pagoda in US) in Farmington city.
2. He also paid tribute to the monks in Watt Thorma Visoth Thikaram in Rochester city, where he received a warm welcome from the monks and Cambodian community who invited to have lunch there, followed by the Khmer traditional daces performance.
3. He introduced the Cambodian cooking books “the taste of Angkor” to the owners of two Cambodian restaurants with the encouragement to look at possibility to include Cambodian foods in the restaurants’ menus. One owner underlined his plan to serve more Cambodian foods as well as his arrangement to have four Cambodian cooks who are now awaiting for US visas from the US Embassy In Phnom Penh. He expressed his pleasure with the book that he thought will be helpful to realize his plan.
4. Ambassador Sounry attended a gathering followed by dinner with around 30 Cambodian Americans held in a Cambodian restaurant.
5. He had breakfast meeting with two Cambodian American businessmen ( one is a successful businessman) who are interested in doing business in Cambodia. The discussion focused on business opportunities in our country and the possibility for the establishment of any Cambodian American business organization to promote business in Cambodia.
6. Ambassador Sounry visited two Cambodian grocery stores (one is a very big store with several branches and wholesale) and discussed with the owners about the possibility to include Cambodian products in their business, including rice and agricultural products.
On June 26, Ambassador Chum Sounry and the Embassy’s staff paid a visit to Philadelphia, one among the big Cambodia towns in the US. The visit was arranged by Mr. Chou Hor, President of Philadelphia’s Cambodian American Business Community, at the Ambassador’s request with 3 objectives:
1. To further the good relations between the Embassy - the Cambodian community, and this time focusing on the Cambodian businesspeople.
2. To promote Cambodian food, traditional clothes, made in Cambodia products, etc.
3. To explore the opportunity to organize in the future an economic / cultural event, like exhibition or performance of Cambodian traditional dances.
During the visit, the Ambassador toured some Cambodian shops, among them a Cambodian restaurant “I Heart Cambodia” that serves Cambodian food, including Korko, M’chu Kroeung, Nhoeum Sdaov, Trey Aing with Tek Trey Svay, etc. He handed over a copy of “the taste of Angkor” to the restaurant owner and encouraged her to serve more Cambodian food.
Later, the team had lunch (at 3:30pm) at this restaurant, during which Ambassador Sounry handed over to the President of Philadelphia’s Cambodian American Business Community, a hand-made silver plate with Angkor Temple inscription as a token of the Embassy’s appreciation for his services to the Cambodian community and a copy of “the taste of Angkor” for the 2nd Cambodian restaurant in this town.
After touring the Cambodian shops, the team visited the weekend-market at Philadelphia’s public park (well known as Philadelphia Khmer Market), in which 80% of the vendors are Cambodian. The tour was arranged by the Association of Cambodian Vendors with the support of local authorities who provided a police car and security during the visit. The Embassy’s team were warmly greeted by the Cambodian vendors who were surprised and pleased by the visit.
Ambassador Sounry discussed with the leaders of the Cambodian American Business Community and the Cambodian Vendors Association about the possibility to organize an exhibition with the performance of Cambodian traditional dances in this park anytime in the coming months. They shared the Ambassador’s wish to see more Cambodian food, traditional clothes and products on sale in this market. The Ambassador also gave the President of the Vendors Association a copy of “the taste of Angkor”.
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Washington, DC received on June 16, 2021 the visit by a group of five U.S diplomats, who will leave to work at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh soon, accompanied by a Khmer teacher.
The Cambodian diplomats:
1. His Excellency Chum Sounry, Ambassador
2. Mr. Khem Ruyzun, Counselor
3. B.G. Mrs. Morm Seyha, Defense, Military and Air Attaché
4. Mr. Sam Sithisak, Commercial Counselor
5. Mr. Preap Phalkun, First Secretary
6. Mr. U Hong, Second Secretary
The U.S. diplomats:
1. Mr. Ryan Peterson (Consular Officer)
2. Ms. Lisa Larson (Public Affairs Officer)
3. Ms. Zoe Treuer (General Services Officer)
4. Mr. Brendan Rowell (Consular Officer)
5. Mr. John Milicivich (Political Officer)
Khmer Language and Culture Instructor:
Ms. Sotheavy Ken
សេចក្តីប្រកាសព័ត៌មាន / Press Release
ឯកឧត្តម ជុំ សុន្ទរី ឯកអគ្គរាជទូតនៃព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជាប្រចាំសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក និងលោក Cyrus Vance Jr. រដ្ឋអាជ្ញា នៃការិយាល័យរដ្ឋអាជ្ញាប្រចាំសង្កាត់ញូវយ៉ក បានចុះហត្ថលេខាលើកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងរវាងព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា និងរដ្ឋអាជ្ញានៃសង្កាត់ញូវយ៉ក ស្តីពីការផ្ទេរសិទ្ធិគ្រប់គ្រងវត្ថុបុរាណរបស់កម្ពុជាដែលត្រូវបានជួញដូរចំនួន២៧រូប ពីការិយាល័យរដ្ឋអាជ្ញា មកព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា នៅក្នុងពិធីចុះហត្ថលេខា ដែលបានប្រព្រឹត្តទៅនៅការិយាល័យរដ្ឋអាជ្ញា ថ្ងៃទី ០៩ ខែមិថុនា ឆ្នាំ២០២១។
H.E. Mr. Chum Sounry, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the United States of America, and Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., District Attorney of New York County, signed an Agreement between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the District Attorney (DA) of New York County for the transfer of custody of 27 objects of trafficked Cambodian antiquities from the DA’s Office to the Kingdom of Cambodia, in a signing ceremony held at the DA’s Office on June 9, 2021.
Main activities of Ambassador Chum Sounry and Embassy’s staff during 2-day trip on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6 to Philadelphia (largest city in Pennsylvania) and Lancaster (also a city in Pennsylvania) are as follows:
This trip was arranged by Mr. Chu Hor, President of Cambodian American Business Community of Philadelphia, and Mr. Sok Savoeun, Honorary Consul of Cambodia in Philadelphia at the Ambassador’s request.
On Saturday, June 5:
1. Attended a meeting with Philadelphia City Council officials and representatives of different Cambodian communities (Cambodian-American Business Association, Cambodian Vendors’ Association, . . .), including:
• Ms. Kendra Brooks, Councilmember At-Large, Philadelphia City Council
• Mr. Isaiah Thomas, Councilmember At-Large, Philadelphia City Council
• Mr. Craig R. Levin, Attorney at law, Friedman & Levin Associates
• Mr. Michael Lambert, Attorney at law, The Law Office of Michael Lambert
• Jennifer Lin, Assistant District Attorney at Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
• Michael Lee, Assistant District Attorney at Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
And other Philadelphia City Council officials and staff
2. Attended an event hosted by Mr. John Chin, Chairman of Mayor's Commission of Asian Pacific American Affairs and Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation Executive Director to welcome the Ambassador’s visit. Among over 30 participants were:
- U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans (D, Pennsylvania),
- Pennsylvania Senator Nikil Saval,
- Pennsylvania Senator Sharif Street,
- Pennsylvania Representative Mary Isaacson,
- Representatives from various local government of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, and
- Representatives of different Cambodian associations / organizations, and so on.
After the welcoming remarks by all important guests, the Ambassador briefed them about the main development in Cambodia and in Cambodia-US relations.
3. Attended the opening ceremony of 2021 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the invitation of the organizer.
Ambassador Sounry was greeted and welcomed by Hon. James Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, and Matt Rader, President of the PHS Flower Show.
During the Flower Show, the Ambassador met with Hon. Mary Gay Scanlon, U.S. Congresswoman, Pennsylvania 5th District, The Hon. John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Nikil Saval, Pennsylvania State Senator.
On Sunday, June 6:
4. Paid tribute to the monks at Preah Buddha Rainsey Temple in New Jersey and had breakfast with the Temple Committee and supporters.
5. Had a working lunch with some Cambodians in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
6. Had a meeting with two American businessmen at their request to discuss about business opportunities in Cambodia.
7. Had a working dinner with the leaders of Cambodian community in Lancaster City.
ឯកឧត្តមឯកអគ្គរាជទូត ជុំ សុន្ទរី និងសហការីនៅស្ថានទូតបាននាំយកចង្ហាន់ ភេសជ្ជៈ និងស្បៀងអាហារ ទៅថ្វាយព្រះសង្ឃ គង់នៅវត្តពុទ្ធិករាម ក្នុង រដ្ឋ Maryland នៅព្រឹកថ្ងៃទី ២៨ ខែឧសភានេះ។
កន្លងមកនេះ ស្ថានទូតតែងតែនាំយកចង្ហាន់ ភេសជ្ជៈ និងស្បៀងអាហារ ទៅប្រគេនព្រះសង្ឃ គង់នៅវត្តពុទ្ធិករាម ជារៀងរាល់មួយខែម្តង។
His Excellency Ambassador Chum Sounry, resumed his in-person engagement with the Cambodian community by attending a Buddhist ceremony at Watt Buddhacheya Mongkol in Virginia on May 23 with the presence of around 60-70 people.
ឯកឧត្តមឯកអគ្គរាជទូត ជុំ សុន្ទរី បានបន្តឡើងវិញការផ្សារភ្ជាប់ទំនាក់ទំនងដោយផ្ទាល់ជាមួយសហគមន៍ខ្មែរ តាមរយៈការចូលរួមក្នុងពិធីពុទ្ធសាសនា នៅវត្តពុទ្ធជ័យមង្គល ក្នុងរដ្ឋ Virginia កាលពីថ្ងៃទី ២៣ ខែឧសភា ដោយមានវត្តមានបងប្អូនខ្មែរ ប្រហែល ៦០ ទៅ ៧០នាក់។