Jakarta: United States (US) Secretary of State Michael Pompeo joined the annual ASEAN-US Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member states via videoconference on Thursday
Secretary Pompeo and his ASEAN counterparts highlighted the breadth and depth of US engagement and commitment to the ASEAN region. They discussed ASEAN and U.S. cooperation on regional political, security, economic, and cultural issues.
The Secretary reiterated U.S. support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific and its role in guiding US engagement with ASEAN. He further emphasized ASEAN’s important role at the center of the US vision for the Indo-Pacific. T
"The Secretary announced new initiatives under the US-ASEAN Health Futures program and to support human capital development," the US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a press release on Thursday.
Secretary Pompeo praised ASEAN Chair Vietnam for its work convening ASEAN Foreign Ministers during these unprecedented times, and he lauded ASEAN countries for their transparent responses to the covid-19 pandemic. The Secretary reiterated that the United States will partner with the region in its economic recovery, using all tools at our disposal, including the support of the U.S. private sector.
Secretary Pompeo discussed pressing international and regional issues, including the need to address the root cause of violence in Rakhine State in Burma; for North Korea to halt its provocations and return to the negotiating table; and for China to halt its aggressive and destabilizing policies, including in the South China Sea, the Mekong sub-region, and Hong Kong.