Phnom Penh (FN), Apr. 27 – Australian lieutenant general John Sanderson, who is a former force commander of the international military component of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), praised Cambodia’s rapid development, in particular Phnom Penh capital.

The lieutenant general spoke during a courtesy call on Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen on Wednesday (27 Apr) at the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh.

According to the premier’s personal secretary Eang Sophalleth, John Sanderson said that Cambodia has undergone great changes, in particular the capital Phnom Penh.

The kingdom’s participation in both international and regional affairs, especially as the rotating chair of ASEAN, contributed to a great progress and a success, John Sanderson added.

John Sanderson also informed premier Hun Sen that he is excited to be back in Cambodia. His visit also marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Australia and the 30th anniversary of UNTAC.

In response, the premier thanked Australia for her contributions to Cambodia’s peace seeking, its recognition of Cambodia even before Cambodia gained her independence, and its boycott of the Khmers Rouges at the United Nations.

On that occasion, Samdech also briefed Cambodia’s vision and strategy to achieve full peace as well as strategy to effectively control COVID19 pandemic. Lastly, premier Hun Sen also thanked Australia for assisting Cambodia in the fight against COVID19.