September 9, 2020
The next is attributed to spokesman Morgan Ortigas:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined the annual ASEAN-United States Overseas Ministers Assembly on September 9 through videoconference with its counterparts from 10 ASEAN member states.
Secretary Pompeo and his ASEAN counterparts highlighted the breadth and depth of US engagement and dedication to the ASEAN area. He mentioned ASEAN and US cooperation on regional political, safety, financial and cultural points. The Secretary reiterated US assist for the ASEAN lo tluc on the Indo-Pacific and its function in guiding US engagement with ASEAN. He emphasised the vital function of ASEAN within the US imaginative and prescient heart of the Indo-Pacific. The Secretary introduced new initiatives underneath the US-ASEAN Well being Futures Program and assist for human capital growth. Extra info could be discovered within the upcoming US-ASEAN Strategic Partnership Factsheet.
Secretary Pompeo praised the actions of the ASEAN Chair Vietnam in these unprecedented instances and praised the ASEAN nations for his or her clear response to the COVID-19 epidemic. ASEAN nations have thanked the USA for the emergency well being and humanitarian help supplied to fight COVID-19. The Secretary reiterated that the USA will accomplice with the area for its financial restoration utilizing all of the instruments at our disposal, together with the assist of the US personal sector.
Secretary Pompeo mentioned urgent worldwide and regional points, together with the necessity to tackle the foundation reason for violence within the Rakhine state of Burma; DPRK to dam his impulses and return to the negotiating desk; And the PRC to dam its aggressive and destabilizing insurance policies, together with the South China Sea, the Mekong sub-region and Hong Kong. The Secretary and ASEAN Overseas Ministers shared their widespread stance that every one disputes within the South China Sea needs to be resolved peacefully and in accordance with worldwide legislation, together with the UN Conference of the Sea.