White House discussing new dates for summit with Asean leaders

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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The White House mentioned on Thursday (March 17) that it’s discussing new dates for a Washington summit with Asean after the bloc’s chair, Cambodia, mentioned it had been postponed as a result of not all leaders might attend later this month.

The White House introduced final month that United States President Joe Biden would play host to a particular summit with Asean on March 28 and 29.

Asked concerning the Cambodian international minister’s announcement of a postponement earlier this month, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council mentioned Mr Biden appeared ahead to welcoming the Asean leaders to Washington.

“To ensure invited Asean leaders can all participate, we are working closely with Asean partners to identify appropriate dates for this meeting,” the spokesman added.

Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn mentioned the assembly had been postponed as a result of some Asean leaders couldn’t attend on the proposed dates.

The summit is seen as a part of US efforts to step up engagement with a area that Washington sees as crucial to its efforts to push again towards China’s rising energy. It had been anticipated earlier within the yr, however was delayed by Covid-19 issues.

The White House has described the summit as “a top priority” and mentioned it could commemorate 45 years of US-Asean relations.

It has mentioned it’ll observe Asean’s lead by inviting a non-political consultant from military-ruled Myanmar.

The bloc has barred the Myanmar junta from key conferences since final yr over its failure to honour an settlement to finish hostilities within the nation which have killed a whole lot of civilians and displaced greater than 300,000.

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