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Formation of U.S. Embassy's FBI Military Legal Attache Office

The Ministry of Interior officials say that Cambodia welcomes the US move to create the office of FBI legal military attache office at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, saying that the formation of this office is another important step that makes the relation between the two countries' governments strong.

The proposal to form this office occurs after Mr. John S. Pistole's 3-day visit from 03-11-13 to Cambodia.

Mr. Pistole is deputy chief of the FBI. Mr. Pistole met with deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, and other law enforcement officials from a number of law institions.

The Ministry of Interior's spokesman lieutenant general Khieu Sopheak says that Cambodia supports the formation of this legal office.

He says that Cambodia will be ready to assist in whatever the governments of the two countries have done in the past such as capturing terrorist leader Chhun Yasith of the Cambodian Freedom Fighters (CFF).

Mr. Sar Kheng says that anti-terrorism is a trend in the world and Cambodia joins actively in the regional and international fight against terrorism.

The U.S. is grateful to Cambodia for her help in assisting the U.S. to capture important terrorist leaders such as Hambali who used to find refuge in Cambodia.

In the Phnom Penh U.S. Embassy's news release the Embassy considers the proposal to open this FBI legal military attache office as an example of the U.S' s pledge to Cambodia and another step to strengthen the close relationship between the two countries on law enforcement in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and human trafficking.