US Defense Secretary To Visit Southeast Asia Later In July - Reports
Umer Jamshaid 13 days ago Tue 20th July 2021 | 02:40 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 20th July, 2021) US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin travel to three Southeast Asian nations later this month in the first visit by a senior Biden administration official to the area, Nikkei Asia reported.
Austin is scheduled to visit Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines in a move that echoes the National Security Council's call for a more robust US approach to the Indo-Pacific region that includes more cooperation with Southeast Asia, the report said on Monday.
On Friday, US President Joe Biden talked during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries meeting about the need for strengthened multilateral cooperation in the region. Biden reiterated the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and discussed opportunities to deepen US trade ties in the region.