Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was welcomed by 500 Cambodian-Americans living across the U.S., at a get-together held at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa, Rancho Mirage city, California on Feb. 14 afternoon, according to the National Television of Cambodia (TVK)'s special report.
H.E. Chum Bunrong, Cambodian Ambassador to the U.S., said up to now, there are more than half a million Cambodian people living in the U.S. and the majority of them migrated to the U.S. during the civil war in the 1970s and after the country's liberation from the genocidal regime in January 1979.
On the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen called on the Cambodia-Americans to strengthen their friendship and solidarity and to continue to contribute with the Royal Government of Cambodia in the country development.
The Cambodian premier also laid stress on the relations between ASEAN and the U.S, and highlighted the progress in the relations between Cambodia and the U.S., particularly the two-way trade, which has reached over US$3 billion.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen went on to say that on his way from Palm Springs International Airport to Rancho Mirage, he did not notice any demonstrators (against him) blocking the road and if there was a demonstration, he would get off and shake hand with the demonstrators.
Prime Minister Hun Sen left here on Sunday for the Special ASEAN-U.S. Summit, taking place in Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, on Feb. 15-16. He is expected to return home on Feb. 18 at around 10:00 pm.