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Commander: US Military to Train RCAF Troops

The US military will help train Cambodia troops in counterterrorism, a top-ranking US official said Tuesday.

Admiral Timothy Keating, US commander-in-chief for the Pacific theater, said after meeting Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh that he would support such training to Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldiers to strengthen military ties between the two countries.

"We are very grateful for the support that Cambodia is providing, and we are anxious to make an even stronger friendship," Keating said.

Cambodia is enjoying increasing security support from the US. Military officials have trained doctors on bird flu response and the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a branch office in Phnom Penh earlier this year.