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White House discussing new dates for US-ASEAN Summit

Azlan Othman

The White House said on Thursday it is discussing new dates for the United States (US) – ASEAN Summit after it had been postponed because not all leaders could attend later this month.

The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said they are working through the schedules of a number of ASEAN leaders. “That’s always a challenge and a factor,” she said.

The White House announced last month that US President Joe Biden would play host to a special summit with ASEAN on March 28 and 29.

Recently, the press secretary said in a statement the special summit will be an opportunity to demonstrate the US’ commitment to ASEAN and to mark 45 years of US-ASEAN relations. It is a top priority for the Biden-Harris administration to serve as a strong, reliable partner and to strengthen an empowered and unified ASEAN to address the challenges of their time, she said in the statement.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House. AP

Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn recently said the meeting had been postponed because some ASEAN leaders could not attend on the proposed dates.