Trump informs Hun Sen of US-Asean meeting delay

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Last week US President Donald Trump wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen to inform him of the delay in the US-Asean summit due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

US President Donald Trump last week wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen
to inform him of the delay in the US-Asean summit due to the Covid-19
outbreak. It was due to take place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada,
US.

In a letter dated March 2 and addressed to Hun Sen, Trump thanked him
for accepting his invitation to the summit. He said the meeting was an
excellent opportunity to advance the strategic partnership between the
US and Asean.

The US president said Asean represented his vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

“Unfortunately, we must postpone this summit in light of the global
risks posed by the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. I am sure we
can all agree that our focus at this time must be on coordinating a
global response that protects and secures the health and safety of our
people,” Trump wrote.

He said his Department of Health and Human Services has been
discussing strategies to protect against the virus with Asean
governments. US experts, including those from the US Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), will continue to assist Asean nations, he
said.

“As we continue to work tirelessly to respond to the spread of
coronavirus, the cooperation between our nations will further
demonstrate the strength of our broader strategic partnership,” the
letter said.

Trump said in place of the summit, several initiatives have been
scheduled to showcase the relationship between the two countries.

“We would still like to launch many of these great programmes, and we
will look for opportunities to do so in the coming months,” he said.

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