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U.S senior defense official wraps up visit in Cambodia

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PHNOM PENH, Feb 01, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) —Derek J. Mitchell, U.S.

principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and

Pacific Security Affairs, on Tuesday concluded his two-day visit

to Cambodia focusing on strengthening and expanding bilateral

cooperation on defense.

During his visit in Cambodia, Mitchell had held the inaugural

U. S.-Cambodia defense policy discussion with Neang Phat,

secretary of state for the Cambodian Ministry of Defense,

according to the press release from U.S Embassy in Phnom Penh on

Tuesday evening.

The objective of this defense talk was to highlight the U.S.

department of defense’s commitment to assisting the Royal

Cambodian Armed Forces to develop a professional force, while

encouraging Cambodia to continue on a path of improved

transparency, governance, commitment to the rule of law, sustained

democratic development, and respect for human rights, it said.

Mitchell said on Tuesday in the press briefing at the U.S.

Embassy in Phnom Penh that Cambodia has annually received 1

million U.S dollars from the United States for its military

training.

During the visit, Mitchell also conducted site visits to the

peacekeeping training center in Kampong Speu province, the

National Counter-terrorism Special Force, and other sites that has

benefited from U.S.-Cambodia defense cooperation.

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