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US, Cambodian Troops Open 10 Days of Peacekeeping Exercises

A Cambodian army soldier, foreground, wears a U.N. helmet while standing guard during a U.S.-backed peacekeeping exercise dubbed "Angkor Sentinel 2014" at the Cambodian tank command headquarters in Kampong Speu province, 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, April 21, 2014.
US and Cambodian military personnel opened annual peacekeeping exercises Monday.

Some 500 troops from both sides will take part in 10 days of exercises aimed at medical and peacekeeping training.

“I am confident the exercises will bring the two countries closer as friends, as well as partners in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions,” Brig. Gen. John Goodale, a representative of US forces in the Asia Pacific, said in a statement.

Hun Manet, the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and a leading general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, said in an opening ceremony that Cambodian troops are ready to “contribute” and “to be present in the region and the world.”