The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will convene their foreign ministers for a special summit via a videoconference on Thursday night to discuss cooperation amid the coronavirus pandemic, APA reports citing Sputnik.
The summit is expected to begin at 01:00 GMT.
The ministers are expected to convey the US and ASEAN’s commitment to enhancing cooperation in pursuit of a timely response to COVID-19. In particular, they are expected to discuss the use of ASEAN-led public health mechanisms during the pandemic and the maintenance of regional supply chains for the free flow of food, medical equipment, and other essential products.
Additionally, the ministers are expected to pledge their country's commitment to supporting one another's nationals throughout the crisis.
The ministers are expected to exchange best practices and experiences in tackling COVID-19, explore cooperation in mitigating the pandemic's social and economic impacts, and discuss economic recovery in the post-crisis period.
The summit will be chaired by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith. They are expected to issue a joint statement outlining concrete initiatives within the agreed cooperation framework after the summit.