- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 16, 2022

President Biden will host leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a summit in Washington next month, the White House announced Saturday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that the summit “will demonstrate the United State’s enduring commitment to ASEAN, recognizing its central role in delivering sustainable solutions to the region’s most pressing challenges.”

“It is a top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration to serve as a strong, reliable partner in Southeast Asia,” the White House said. “Our shared aspirations for the region will continue to underpin our common commitment to advance an Indo-Pacific that is free and open, secure, connected, and resilient.”

Ms. Psaki said, the May summit will build upon Mr. Biden’s participation in the U.S.-ASEAN summit last October, where he announced $102 million in new initiatives focused on COVID-19 recovery, the climate, economic growth and gender equality.

• Joseph Clark can be reached at jclark@washingtontimes.com.

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