Selected Impromptu Comments at the Inauguration of Al Serkal Mosque in Phnom Penh

My wife and I are glad to be able to join with all of you, Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, ladies and gentlemen for the inauguration of the Al Serkal Mosque today. I thank the report of Minister of Religious Affairs HE Min Khin and that of HE Osman Hassan. This location was in fact commenced since before 1970 after the visit of head of state of Mauritania to Cambodia. It was built into a mosque. It was because of the coup in 1970 that it had become a military office. Pol Pot later destroyed religions in Cambodia – Buddhism, Islam or Christianity. From 1979 through to 1992, there were not many people living in this area. I did not know that the mosque was here since before 1970.