Kingdom of Cambodia's Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 8, 2016


On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is my pleasure to relay our best wishes to the people of Cambodia on the 63rd anniversary of your country’s independence.

The strong bond between the U.S. and Cambodian people benefits both our countries. It was a pleasure to be back in Cambodia this January, and to see firsthand the incredible economic progress and poverty reduction. The United States is proud to be Cambodia’s largest trading partner. Every year, more than 150,000 Americans travel to Cambodia as I did to discover the beauty of your country. Along with these strong ties, we are fortunate to have a vibrant Cambodian-American community in the United States that enriches our country with its Khmer cultural heritage.

On this auspicious occasion, know the United States remains committed to the people of Cambodia and to our shared future. Once again, congratulations on your independence day.