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Change of scenery: Spokesman appointed ambassador

Change of scenery: Spokesman appointed ambassador

Long-time Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong has been appointed as Cambodia’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand after serving almost seven years as the ministry’s representative.

A royal decree signed by King Norodom Sihamoni on Wednesday and obtained yesterday shows that Kuong, who is also an undersecretary of state at the ministry, would be appointed to the role of ambassador to the antipodean nations.

Contacted yesterday, Kuong confirmed that he would soon assume the role, adding that a date had not yet been set for his departure from Phnom Penh to Canberra.

The new envoy has had a busy schedule in recent months, notably following the signing of Cambodia’s refugee resettlement accord with Australia in September.

A source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who asked not to be named, said that Kuong was one of several other officials recently appointed as ambassadors following the end of the previous ambassadors’ terms.

The term of a diplomatic post is three years. A new spokesman is expected to be appointed soon.

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