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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will arrange an workplace at Cambodia’s nationwide police headquarters to assist monitor down American criminals, at a time when Washington is in search of to restore strained relations with an in depth ally of China.

The workplace will serve to assist Cambodian police in efforts to arrest American fugitives and to struggle terrorism, police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun stated on Tuesday.

“Earlier than, we cooperated on a case-by-case foundation and now we’re having an workplace to work with the target to work quick,” Chhay Kim Khoeun informed Reuters.

Chhay Kim Khoeun stated he didn’t know in regards to the timeframe for when the workplace can be established.

In an e mail assertion to Reuters, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh declined to touch upon the FBI workplace however stated the 2 establishments had a longtime relationship.

“A joint FBI-Cambodian Nationwide Police job power established to struggle crimes towards youngsters, cash laundering, and monetary crime is now operational. Our regulation enforcement cooperation makes each our nations safer,” it stated.

An settlement was made final 12 months to create the duty power, which might additionally deal with organised crime, cash laundering and find worldwide fugitives, the embassy stated.

Ties with the USA have been frosty lately, with Cambodia’s authorities angered by Washington’s criticism of the dissolution of the principle opposition occasion and arrest of rival politicians and activists.

Final week, the Pentagon expressed concern in regards to the razing of a U.S.-funded Cambodian navy tactical headquarters, which Prime Minister Hun Sen stated was for renovations.

Cambodia has repeatedly denied stories there was a secret take care of China, its greatest financial and diplomatic ally, to put forces on the base.

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