Obama’s ASEAN trip confirmed for October

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Obama ASEANThe White House on September 14 confirmed that US President Barack Obama will travel to ASEAN from October 6 to 12 and visit four countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. Thailand is not on his list this time.

In Indonesia, Obama will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders meeting, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a release.

“The President will host a meeting of leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries. He will also meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to reaffirm our close bilateral ties and celebrate the third year of our Comprehensive Partnership,” Carney said.

Obama will then travel to Brunei for the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit and to meet the Sultan of Brunei.

In Malaysia, Obama will meet Prime Minister Najib Razak “to highlight growing bilateral ties with the country, and will deliver the keynote address to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.”

Malaysia was the country that lately expressed increasing concerns about its TPP membership. Obama will pay the first visit by a US president to Malaysia in a half-century after Lyndon Johnson in 1966. US relations with the Muslim-majority nation soured during the 1981-2003 tenure of prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, a strident critic of the US and today, though no longer in office, a public opponent of the TPP.

“The President will then travel to the Philippines and will meet with President Benigno Aquino to reaffirm the strong economic, people-to-people and security links between our two countries,” Carney said in the statement.

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The White House on September 14 confirmed that US President Barack Obama will travel to ASEAN from October 6 to 12 and visit four countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. Thailand is not on his list this time.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Obama ASEANThe White House on September 14 confirmed that US President Barack Obama will travel to ASEAN from October 6 to 12 and visit four countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. Thailand is not on his list this time.

In Indonesia, Obama will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders meeting, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a release.

“The President will host a meeting of leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries. He will also meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to reaffirm our close bilateral ties and celebrate the third year of our Comprehensive Partnership,” Carney said.

Obama will then travel to Brunei for the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit and to meet the Sultan of Brunei.

In Malaysia, Obama will meet Prime Minister Najib Razak “to highlight growing bilateral ties with the country, and will deliver the keynote address to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.”

Malaysia was the country that lately expressed increasing concerns about its TPP membership. Obama will pay the first visit by a US president to Malaysia in a half-century after Lyndon Johnson in 1966. US relations with the Muslim-majority nation soured during the 1981-2003 tenure of prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, a strident critic of the US and today, though no longer in office, a public opponent of the TPP.

“The President will then travel to the Philippines and will meet with President Benigno Aquino to reaffirm the strong economic, people-to-people and security links between our two countries,” Carney said in the statement.

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