Cambodia has canceled a longstanding Navy program that provided humanitarian assistance throughout much of the country, in a sign that U.S relations with the Southeast Asian nation may be in decline.
The decision to remove the Seabees mobile construction detachment "cancels 20 planned projects, including maternity wards and school bathrooms," the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh said Monday on its Facebook page.
"We are sad to see the Seabees go, but proud of their accomplishments over the last nine years," the statement said. No reason was given for the pullout, said embassy spokesman Jay Raman.
A Cambodian defense ministry spokesman told Reuters he was "unaware of such a decision."
Seabees have been deploying to Cambodia since 2008 to work closely with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and local leaders to complete more than $5 million in community service projects in 11 provinces, the embassy said.
Raman said Seabees were scheduled to build six bathroom facilities for schools and two new maternity wards for $265,000 this year, and an additional $550,000 in projects were planned for 2018-19. Those have been canceled.