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Obama to attend next year`s East Asia summit

Malaysian foreign minister said ASEAN welcomed US` intention to join the EAS.

Hanoi: US President Barack Obama will attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Indonesia next year, the ASEAN-United States meeting was told.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said ASEAN welcomed the US intention to join the EAS.

The ASEAN-US meeting attended by ASEAN foreign ministers and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was held at the National Convention Centre here.

During the meeting, Malaysia highlighted that the Plan of Action (2010-2015) to implement the ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership which would be adopted in July next year, would strengthen and deepen the ASEAN-US dialogue relations, he told Malaysian journalists later.

He said Malaysia also stated that given the dynamics of the ASEAN-US cooperation, ASEAN and the US should explore and utilise all avenues or facilitating and pushing forward cooperation in various areas.

"Malaysia looks forward to the establishment of the ASEAN-US Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in support of the enhanced ASEAN-US cooperation in addressing regional and global issues," he said.

Anifah said the meeting hoped that the US, under Obama`s leadership, would continue to play a more proactive role by working together with ASEAN, in bringing about peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

Asked whether Hillary raised the Myanmar issue, Anifah said she had mentioned it in passing, and Myanmar responded in passing, too.

Answering question on the atmosphere of the meeting, he said it was very cordial and conducted with mutual respect.


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