Phnom Penh (FN), Oct. 20 – Government Spokespersons Phay Siphan stated Sunday that Cambodian people welcomed the presence of US Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy with friendly smiles and hoped the Ambassador will help maintain Cambodia’s peace, stability, and development.

“Wishing and welcoming H.E Ambassador. Closely cooperate and make better relations based on mutual respects. The outcomes of peace, stability, and development have welcomed H.E everywhere,” Siphan wrote on Facebook Sunday.

“What Cambodia has today is also contributions from the US. Cambodia is the sister of your nation,” he added.

Siphan’s reaction came after the Ambassador expressed his satisfaction and honour in presenting credentials to King Norodom Sihamoni, according to his tweet dated Saturday.

“After presenting credentials to King Norodom Sihamoni, I will look forward
to meeting with members of the Royal Government of Cambodia and
discussing efforts to strengthen ties between our two great countries,” the Ambassador wrote.

Ambassador Patrick Murphy will elevate Cambodia-US relations, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party spokesperson Sok Eysan stated in early August, a week after Murphy’s nomination has been approved by the US Senate on 02 August 2019.

It is worth noting that Murphy has visited Cambodia several times while serving as Assistant Commissioner for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Murphy is serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He was previously Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires in Thailand (2013-2016) and Lesotho (2006-2008) respectively; and also served as Acting Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma from 2012 to 2013.