JAKARTA, 5 May 2018 – ASEAN and the U.S. expressed their commitment to enhance cooperation at the 9th ASEAN-U.S. Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) Meeting held yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat.

ASEAN and the United States took stock of their cooperation across a wide range of areas and noted the positive progress made in the implementation of the ASEAN-U.S. Plan of Action (2016-2020). The meeting also noted the U.S.’ active participation in various ASEAN-led mechanisms and support to ASEAN community building, especially in priority areas of cooperation under the ambit of the three ASEAN Community pillars, namely, maritime cooperation, transnational challenges, economic engagements as well as education, women and youth.

In reiterating its commitment to strengthen relations with ASEAN, the United States underscored the important role that ASEAN has played in maintaining peace and stability in the region, making ASEAN the correct corner stone of the U.S.’ open and free Indo-Pacific strategy.

Representatives from ASEAN congratulated the United States for Secretary Mike Pompeo’s recent assumption of office and looked forward to his participation at the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conferences Plus One (PMC+1) Session with the United States and the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be held in early August 2018 in Singapore.

The annual JCC Meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Dato’ Shariffah Norhana Syed Mustaffa, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to ASEAN, and Ms. Jane Bocklage, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and attended by the Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States as well as representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.

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