Washington D.C., 27 October 2021 (TDI): The United States President Joe Biden virtually addressed leaders of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) yesterday as part of the annual US-ASEAN Summit. He committed to expanding strategic partnership with ASEAN by soon providing the organization with around $102 million.
Speaking at the occasion, Biden commended ASEAN’s outlook on the Indo-Pacific region and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment towards fulfilling the organization’s objectives. He emphasized working with ASEAN member-states to achieve shared goals, such as promoting economic growth, tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, and addressing the climate crisis.
Today, I participated in the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit, where I discussed our commitment to strengthening our partnership with ASEAN. We will continue to work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic, address the climate crisis, promote economic growth, and more. pic.twitter.com/VywnjFZQ1d
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 26, 2021
Enumerating Washington’s priorities in the Indo-Pacific region, Biden maintained that US-ASEAN strategic partnership is essential to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific, which serves as the foundation of their regional security objectives.
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered for the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits on October 26. Serving as a prominent regional and international conference, the Summits will continue in Brunei Darussalam till October 28 where the world leaders would be addressing ways to combat several issues and global challenges.