US to join ASEAN, East Asian meets on security issues

Azlan Othman

A virtual East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ meeting will be held on September 9. The EAS is the region’s premier leaders-led forum on political and security issues. On September 11, the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the region’s oldest and largest political-security forum, will be held.

The United States (US) State Department said Secretary Pompeo looks forward to meeting with his ASEAN counterparts and foreign ministers from across the Indo-Pacific region during the ASEAN-related Ministerial Meetings.

On September 9, Secretary Pompeo will participate in the virtual EAS Foreign Ministers’ meeting. The secretary will address US priorities in the Indo-Pacific and share details on efforts to support a free and open region based on principles of sovereignty and pluralism.

The secretary will join his ASEAN counterparts for the US-ASEAN ministerial meeting. The secretary will highlight progress on the US-ASEAN Strategic Partnership and support for ASEAN and the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

On September 11, Secretary Pompeo will co-chair the inaugural Mekong-US Partnership Ministerial Meeting and launch the Mekong-US Partnership with foreign ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the ASEAN Secretary-General. The partnership will expand on cooperation begun in 2009 under the Lower Mekong Initiative by strengthening the autonomy, economic independence, and sustainable development of the Mekong partner countries.

On September 11, Secretary Pompeo will also participate in the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The secretary will reiterate the importance of ensuring peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and highlight US efforts and investments to advance the Women, Peace, and Security agenda in the Indo-Pacific region.

Since its establishment, ASEAN has held the central role and leadership in the forum.

EAS meetings are held after the annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings, and play an important role in the regional architecture of Asia-Pacific. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 14, 2005.