ASEAN and the United States are set to convene a Special Summit to celebrate four and a half decades of the ASEAN-U.S. Dialogue Relations, on May 12-13, 2022, in Washington D.C, according to the ASEAN Chairman’s press statement AKP received this evening.

This is the second Special Summit since 2016 and the first in person engagement for our leaders since 2017, it added.

ASEAN Leaders and President Joe Biden will meet to discuss ways and means to intensify cooperation in various areas, including COVID-19 response and global health security, climate change, sustainable development, maritime cooperation, human capital development, education and people-to-people ties, as well as connectivity and economic engagement, the press statement pointed out.

They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern, it continued.

During this historic meeting, it said, the Leaders of ASEAN and the United States will chart the future direction of ASEAN-U.S. relations and seek to further enhance strategic partnership for the mutual benefits of the peoples of ASEAN and the United States.

“The Special Summit will also reiterate our shared commitment to uphold ASEAN Centrality and unity through the existing ASEAN-led mechanisms, as well as to foster mutual trust and confidence to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” the press statement underlined.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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