Most of the leaders of ASEAN countries came to the summit with US

Большинство лидеров стран АСЕАН не пришли на саммит с США

© REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tunthe Leaders of seven of the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) came to the summit with the United States, where a representative of Washington read the invitation of President Donald trump to visit him in America for a “special summit”.The meeting was attended by only three members of delegation: Prime Ministers of Thailand (presiding this year in ASEAN), Vietnam and Laos. The rest of the country bloc — Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines — were represented by foreign Ministers.
Trump did not attend the summit of ASEAN leaders and the East Asia summit, held November 2-4 in the capital of Thailand, and not sent to Bangkok or Vice-President or the Secretary of state. As head of the American delegation arrived the adviser of the US President for national security Robert O’brien.According to regional observers, it is atypical for the United States, lowering the level of representation at meetings of ASEAN.Meanwhile, in neighboring ASEAN hall of the sports and exhibition complex IMPACT on the Northern outskirts of Bangkok is an Indo-Pacific business forum organized by the Washington, together with the business Council US — ASEAN and us chamber of Commerce.The head of the U.S. delegation supports the Minister for trade Wilbur Ross, who said at the opening that among the approximately one thousand participants — 19 U.S. ambassadors to countries in the region and eight heads of departments of the US administration.

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