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Jolie given Cambodian citizenship
Angelina Jolie
Jolie pictured during her last visit to Cambodia in July 2004
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has been awarded Cambodian citizenship in recognition of her environmental and conservation work in the country.

King Norodom Sihamoni signed a royal decree approving the citizenship on 31 July, officials said on Friday.

Jolie, who adopted a Cambodian boy in 2002, was offered citizenship during her last visit to Cambodia in 2004.

The Tomb Raider star, who has since adopted a second child, said at the time she would be "thrilled" to accept.

"This is what we have dreamed for her for a long time," said Mounh Sarath, director of the Cambodian Vision in Development group.

'Good heart'

Jolie, 30, has pledged $5m (3.2m) to set up a wildlife sanctuary in the north-western province of Battambang, where she has bought a home.

But Mr Sarath said the actress deserved citizenship "not because of the money she has given but [for] her good heart and love" for the Cambodian people.

Toun Siphan, director of the government's international relations department, said her adoption of a Cambodian orphan - Maddox, now four - had also played a part in the decision.

The legal document signed by the king gives Cambodian nationality to Jolie, "an American born on 4 June 1975 in Los Angeles, USA".

The actress began her association with the country when she filmed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider at Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple.


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