The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and the U.S. military will today begin a nine-day joint exercise known as Angkor Sentinel 2014, according to the U.S. Embassy.
The annual Angkor Sentinel military exercises, held at the Training Center for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kompong Speu province, usually concentrate on training Cambodian forces in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
The U.S. Embassy said it would release details of this year’s event today, but confirmed the exercise would commence this morning. Last year, 317 members of RCAF and 139 U.S. Army troops participated in a two-week exercise.
The Defense Ministry could not be reached for comment Sunday, but according to a report by Chinese state media, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, Lieutenant General Hun Manet, will preside over the opening of the exercises.
Mr. Manet graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and has over the past decade rocketed up the ranks in the Ministry of Defense.
Immediately after July’s national election, Cambodia unilaterally postponed some U.S.-backed military assistance programs, a move that analysts said reflected a strain in bilateral relations.
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