Cambodia sends 32 soldiers to join multi-national military exercise in Mongolia
PHNOM PENH, July 29 (Xinhua) — Cambodia on Friday morning dispatched a group of 32 soldiers to take part in the multi-national military exercise 2011 in Mongolia from July 29 to August 13.
Speaking at the Phnom Penh International Airport before departure, Choeun Chamnith, a battalion commander at the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, who leads the mission team, said that the participation would give chance to Cambodian troops to exchange knowledge and skills with other countries’ soldiers. “It will help upgrade our troops’ capacity in military skills, rescue and humanitarian activities,” he said.
He added that the participation is a part of international peacekeeping operations under the framework of the United Nations and it reflects cooperation among countries in the region in peacekeeping efforts.
The participating countries in the Mongolia’s exercise are Cambodia, United States of America, Canada, India, China, Japan, Singapore, Russia and Vietnam.
This was the third time Cambodia has sent troops to join exercises in Mongolia.