May I share with all compatriots about my main activities in December as follows:
1. Attend the ASEAN Committee in Washington (ACW) Meeting:
The meeting, chaired by Brunei Ambassador as the current Chairman of ACW, focused on the current development in the ASEAN-US relationship, including the US-ASEAN Special Summit proposed by President Donald Trump.
At the end of the meeting, Ambassador of Brunei handed over to me the ACW Chairmanship.
2. ASEAN Working Lunch with State Department:
The working lunch was attended by Mr. David Stilwell, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Ambassador Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the same bureau and five other senior officials in charge of ASEAN, Multilateral and Southeast Asia Affairs.
During the lunch, the State Department and ASEAN Ambassadors discussed and shared the common views to further strengthen ASEAN-US partnership. Both sides have an exchange of information on the proposed US-ASEAN Special Summit.
3. Attend Reception at State Department:
The reception was hosted by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Madam in honor of all Heads of Diplomatic Mission at the end of year.
With my best regards,
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the people of Cambodia on the 66th anniversary of your independence on November 9.
In recognition of the values that Cambodians and Americans share, we hope this day will focus on national reconciliation; peaceful dialogue; and democratic, economic, and social development. We celebrate U.S.-Cambodian cooperation in building a more prosperous, democratic, and independent Cambodia.
The United States congratulates you on Cambodia’s National Day and conveys our best wishes to the Cambodian people.
May I share with all Compatriots that I met this afternoon (October 22) at the Capitol Hill, with Congressman Michael Guest (Republican, 3rd District-Mississippi), Member of House’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
I briefed the Congressman on Cambodia’s development, especially the economic growth as well as the development in the Cambodia-US cooperation, stressing on the remarkable increase in the bilateral trade exchanges and the interests shown by the US companies to further enhance their businesses in Cambodia.
I also touched on the good bilateral cooperation on military and security, POW/MIA, landmine and UXO clearance, people-to-people exchanges, tourism, . . . I assured him of the Cambodian government’s sincere wishes to further promote the cooperation in all fields with US and asked for his support in this purpose.
Congressman Michael Guest showed his impression with our economic growth and the cooperation development between both countries, particularly the increased volume of trade exchanges. He affirmed clearly his stance to support the strengthening of cooperation. He also mentioned his intention to establish the agricultural cooperation between his home State Mississippi and Cambodia.
During the meeting, he showed his friendship and sympathy and I had the impression that this meeting could be considered one among the good meetings I have had with US Congressman.
With my best regards,
On October 15, 2019 at the Embassy, His Excellency Chum Sounry, Ambassador of Cambodia to the United States, and Embassy’s staff paid tribute to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk “Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh”, the Late King-Father of Cambodia, on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of His demise.
On October 10, 2019 at the Embassy, His Excellency Chum Sounry, Ambassador of Cambodia to the United States, had a meeting with Ms. Melisa Esposti, Director of Government and NGO Relations, Project C.U.R.E, which is an organization based in Denver, Colorado, United States, that collects and delivers donated medical supplies and equipment to the developing countries, among them Cambodia.
Ms. Melisa told the Ambassador that Project C.U.R.E has provided 13 containers of medical supplies and equipment to Cambodia valued at around USD 5million. The organization is now in the process of delivering one more container.
The discussion focused on the cooperation between the Embassy and Project C.U.R.E.
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Washington, DC will work with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the repatriation of ancient Khmer artifact that has just been seized by the latter in San Francisco, California.
“On September 12, 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Francisco Special Agent David Keller, with assistance from HSI New York Special Agent John Paul Labbat, seized an ancient Cambodian sandstone sculpture dating back to 921-945 AD and valued at approximately $350,000,” said ICE in its release dated October 7.
“Described as a Shiva and Uma statue, the artifact was discovered during an ongoing HSI New York investigation dubbed “Indochinese Peninsula Plunder” in the Southern District of New York,” it added
“Originally purchased by a private collector in California, the statue was discovered for sale at a prominent San Francisco auction house following the collector’s death in 2015.”
“It will be returned to the Cambodian people at the conclusion of this HSI-led investigation,” underlined ICE.