Obama To Attend ASEAN’s East Asia Summit in Jakarta Next Year

By Jared

Sep 24, 2010 2:24pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:   Sitting down for the second time with all the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the first meeting on US soil, President Obama today said that the United States has an “enormous stake” in the people and the future of Asia.   “The region is home to some of our largest trading partners, and buys many of our exports, supporting millions of American jobs,” President Obama said at a luncheon at the Waldorf hotel in New York today, “we need partnerships with Asian nations to meet the challenges of our growing economy, preventing proliferation and addressing climate change.”   The president announced that he has accepted ASEAN’s invitation to join the East Asia Summit in Jakarta next year.   He added that he has tried to make clear the US intends to play a leadership role in Asia.   “Through APEC and initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we’re pursuing trade relationships that benefit all our countries.  And we will continue to support ASEAN’s goal of creating a more effective and integrated community by 2015, which would advance regional peace and stability. ”   The ten countries of ASEAN – all represented at the luncheon today are: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore, and Thailand.   The president has plans to travel to Indonesia additionally this November.   –Sunlen Miller

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