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Cambodian U.S. defense chiefs talk to boost military ties

SIEM REAP, Cambodia, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) — The United States’ Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta arrived here on Friday morning for a one-day official visit in order to strengthen and expand military ties with Cambodia.

Panetta held a bilateral talk with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh soon after his arrival.

The discussion will be focused on cooperation in defense sector between Cambodia’s Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a press release from Cambodian Ministry of Defense.

The press release said that the two defense chiefs will talk on cooperation in military human resources development, search for the remains of U.S. soldiers who missed in war time, and other sectors.

Panetta will also meet with defense chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Friday afternoon in Siem Reap province to promote the U.S.-Asia security cooperation.

Cambodia is Panetta’s last leg of his three-nation trip to the Asia-Pacific, which began in Australia, and then, Thailand.

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