US Navy Admiral Visits Cambodia

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. naval officer is holding talks with high-ranking Cambodian military officials aimed at improving naval cooperation between the two nations.

Vice Admiral Scott Van Buskirk, the commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, arrived in Phnom Penh Wednesday for a two-day visit. A Cambodian military spokesman says Van Buskirk met with deputy naval commander Vice Admiral Soa Sarin and Lieutenant General Noun Samnang to discuss bilateral and regional issues. Samnang is deputy for the ministry's foreign affairs office.

The U.S. military says the two sides discussed Phnom Penh's participation in readiness training later this year. They also discussed training in maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian and disaster relief.

Vice Admiral Van Buskirk will also visit a naval base to observe Cambodian naval training exercises.

The U.S. and Cambodian held their first joint naval exercise earlier this year.