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Obama hosts 2nd US-ASEAN summit

Updated On: Sep 24, 2010

US president Barack Obama seeks to lock in deeper ties with South-east Asian Nations in New York city on Friday, September 24, at the second U.S.-ASEAN Summit.

President Barack Obama has invited ASEAN leaders, who usually gather in New York at this time of the year for the UN General Assembly, to meet with him to discuss ways of further enhancing relations between the US and the 10 countries (what Washington officials increasingly describe as a dynamic region).

The summit will be held at a hotel in New York City from 12:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 24. Eight of the 10 ASEAN leaders are confirmed attend, except for President Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and Prime Minister Thein Sein of Burma. The ASEAN secretary general, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, will also join the meeting.

The leaders will likely focus on important areas for future cooperation such as trade and investment, regional security, disaster management, food and energy supply, as well as emerging issues such as upcoming Burma's election and disputes in the South China Sea.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to visit Hanoi for the East Asia Summit later this year, while Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will attend ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus 8. President Obama is also planning to visit Indonesia in November.

Sources:

US, ASEAN to reaffirm ties at NY summit [Jakarta Post, 24 September 2010]

Obama to host Asean summit [The Straits Times, 24 September 2010]

Obama to Meet With ASEAN Leaders as Territorial Tensions Flare [Voice of America News, 22 September 2010]

The 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit: What’s on the Menu in Manhattan? [ABS-CBN News, 24 September 2010]







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