Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 8 – The US Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy says he wishes to see better relations between the United States and Cambodia.

Ambassador Murphy paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong on Wednesday at the Council of Ministers.

Namhong told the ambassador that Cambodia has a good base for democracy; there has been regular, fair, and transparent elections.

"As the representative of the United States, what I am trying to achieve is strengthening the relationship between our two countries. I just met with the Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and on that occasion we talked about the cooperation and discussed matters of shared concerned," Namhong quoted Ambassador Murphy.

The deputy prime minister also informed the ambassador that Cambodia can learn from the lessons of the Middle East countries, which have been devastated by war due to their cravings for democracy.

Cambodia’s top agenda, under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen, is to maintain peace.

Namhong said peace allows Cambodia to develop in all fields, and their people are happy to reunite with families as witnessed by the ambassador.