PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: Cambodia’s prime minister offered Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie Cambodian citizenship in recognition for her conservation work in the poverty stricken country. Jolie, who arrived on an unannounced two-day visit, said she would accept the citizenship if given. She did not elaborate about her current US citizenship. Cambodia allows dual citizenship.

Jolie, who adopted her Cambodian son Maddox two years ago, said Prime Minister Hun Sen made the citizenship proposal during their talks. “He did mention giving me Cambodian citizenship, and I would be honoured, I think. I would certainly be thrilled. So I’m sure I’ll be moving forward to actually receiving that,” she told reporters. Jolie, 29, is giving a Cambodian community development organisation US$1.5 million for its environmental protection efforts in remote parts of the country’s northwest. The project aims to protect about 60,000 hectares of forest in the Samlaut and Pailin areas, both former strongholds of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia in 1975-79. — AP