Pence says Trump to attend Asian summit in Nov

22 Апреля, 2017, 01:32 | Author: Lorraine Moran
  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following their talks in Moscow

The foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations requested the meeting with Tillerson in an effort to engage with the new USA administration, said Patrick Murphy, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for southeast Asia.

Donald Trump will attend a series of key summits in Asia in November, his vice president said today, adding it was a sign of America's "unwavering commitment" to the region.

"The United States is proud to partner with Indonesia, to promote and protect these values", Pence said.

Duterte called Trump in December 2016 to congratulate him on his victory in the U.S. presidential elections.

"However, our administrative rules, including procurement laws made it very hard for us to prepare because bidding process usually takes all of three months", he said.

Trump will take part in a summit with ASEAN leaders and the East Asia Summit in the Philippines as well as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.

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In terms of security preparations, Paynor said the government is beefing up security elements following the recent incident in Bohol where soldiers clashed with members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

According to Paynor, of the 17 ministerial meetings, only eight have been finished out so they still have nine more meetings which need suppliers.

Paynor said that with "Multilateral meetings of this sort, you usually expect 100% attendance".

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia are expected to arrive for state visits on April 27 and 28 respectively - just in time for the 30th ASEAN Summit on April 29.

"But we always say we will not be coerced or held hostage by these actions".

"For Indonesia I think it will be a follow-up of what President Duterte and President Widodo had talked about in Jakarta when the President went there for a visit", said Paynor. "With Brunei, similar issues that I feel will just be reiterated and perhaps further elucidated".

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