For Immediate Release
December 15, 2023
(PHNOM PENH, Dec. 15, 2023) – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Melissa A. Brown conducted a three-day visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia, December 13-15, 2023.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Brown held constructive discussions on bilateral and regional issues with senior Cambodian government officials, including Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Sok Chenda Sophea; Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chanthol; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretaries of State Kung Phoak and Meas Kim Heng.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Brown underscored the enduring friendship between the American and Cambodian peoples and the important role of U.S. development and economic assistance over many decades. She highlighted sustained bilateral collaboration on child protection, combatting international crime, climate change, cultural heritage, and upholding the UN Charter—while emphasizing that the bilateral relationship will improve with progress in Cambodia to strengthen democracy and human rights and protect national sovereignty.
During her visit, Deputy Assistant Secretary Brown also met with survivors of human trafficking, conducted a press roundtable with journalists, engaged with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) exchange program alumni, and visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which is supported by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.