US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 10 had a working session with representatives of ASEAN countries in Washington DC. Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh attended the event.
Tillerson reaffirmed the United States' appreciation of its strategic partnership with ASEAN and pledged to strengthen cooperation for peace, security, and prosperity in the region, and respond to challenges. He said that the US will actively participate in regional forums including ASEAN and APEC's ones.
ASEAN ambassadors and chargé d'affaires hailed the strategic partnership with the US and called for further cooperation in all fields in 2017 on the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-US relations and the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh announced the priorities of APEC Year 2017, which includes the APEC high-level week in November in Viet Nam./.