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US Senator Envisions More Investment in Cambodia

On a tour through Southeast Asia where he has already secured the release of an American in custody in Burma, US Senator Jim Webb said in Phnom Penh Tuesday he wanted to see “more American investment in Cambodia.”

Webb, who met with Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh and opposition leaders and was expected to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen, is on a five-nation swing through the region.

Cambodia was only recently taken off a US trade blacklist of Marxist-Leninist countries, paving the way for more private investment.

Webb, a Democrat from Virginia, is chairman of the East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee.

The Foreign Relations subcommittee oversees regional organizations such as Asean and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.