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Message to the King of Cambodia.

October 02, 1954

[Released October 2, 1954. Dated September 24, 1954]

Your Majesty:

The people of the United States have watched with concern and admiration the struggle of Cambodia against unwarranted Communist aggression. The United States is happy that Cambodia has reaffirmed its independence and that your Kingdom is in a position now to undertake a course which will secure that sovereign freedom for which your people fought.

At this time when Cambodia has so convincingly demonstrated its independence and its stern determination to maintain that independence, I desire Your Majesty to know that my Government will be pleased to consider ways in which our two countries can more effectively cooperate in the joint task of stemming the threats facing your territories and maintaining peace and prosperity in your Kingdom.

With assurances of my personal esteem and high regard,



Note: This message to His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, was delivered by Robert M. McClintock, Ambassador to Cambodia, when he presented his credentials to the King at Phnom Penh on October 2. The White House release accompanying the message pointed out that Mr. McClintock was the first resident American Ambassador to Cambodia, and that his assignment at Phnom Penh constituted recognition by the United States of the completion of Cambodian independence.

The message was released at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Message to the King of Cambodia. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/232776

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