Organizations associated with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
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Trump did not attend the ASEAN leaders' summit and the East Asian Summit in Thailand's capital on November 2-4 and did not send either the Vice President or the US Secretary of State to Bangkok. Robert O 'Brian, US National Security Advisor, arrived in Bangkok as chairman of the Washington delegation.
President Klaus Iohannis on Monday welcomed at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in which context he showed this country is one of the traditional economic partners of Romania in South-East Asia and encouraged an increase in trade exchanges between Romania and Vietnam.
Ministers from ASEAN and European Union were meeting in Brussels on Monday to review past cooperation and further strengthen ties between the regions.
They will discuss the implementation of the Asean-EU Plan of Action for 2018-2022, which covers security, trade and investment, connectivity and sustainable development, according to a Thai Foreign Ministry press statement.
Turkey and Germany on Sept. 21 pledged to forge closer economic and strategic ties following a high-level meeting of their finance, economy and energy ministers in Berlin.
The United States is bringing its Southeast Asian allies on board to tackle what senior officials described as the number one national security priority for the U.S. — North Korea's nuclear proliferation and missile threats — when foreign ministers from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gather Thursday in Washington, Voice of America reported.
The World Bank (WB) has named South Asia as the fastest growing region in the world (in 2016). However, the global lender said that the region is the least integrated in the world, thus, preventing South Asian countries from benefitting from intra-regional trade.
Countries involved in the Brdo-Brijuni Presidential Process said on Wednesday in Zagreb it was "necessary to continue the U.S.-EU transatlantic partnership."
In a join statement issued after a summit attended by regional presidents, it was said this is needed "in order to step up stability and security in Southeast Europe."