Tillerson to visit Southeast Asia

06 August, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Rex Tillerson to visit Southeast Asia

From Manila, Tillerson will proceed to Thailand to pay respects to His Majesty, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and discuss with Thai officials regional issues.

He directed the ramping up of production in Thailand's first commercial natural gas field at Nam Phong district of Khon Kaen.

"During these meetings, Secretary Tillerson will meet with his counterparts and discuss a range of issues including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security, and counterterrorism", Nauert said.

Tillerson will also visit Thailand next Tuesday and then Malaysia.

The EAS brings together the 10-member Asean and other regional powers such as Japan, China, South Korea, India, Russia and Australia. The US, she said has been working with China on North Korea.


"On the issue of the rebalance, I think that slogans are sometimes overrated or overused, but certainly, what the rebalance was trying to denote was that the U.S. is an Asia Pacific power, we're going to be engaged in the Asia Pacific region, we're a provider of security in the region, it's key to our prosperity and our economic future, and we are going to pay a lot of attention to Asia.", she said.

"The interlocutors exchanged assessments of developments on the Korean Peninsula in the context of the UN Security Council's forthcoming reaction to the ballistic missile launch that Pyongyang effecturated on July 28", the ministry's report said.

The foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will also attend the Asean Regional Forum.

"In Kuala Lum-pur, he will meet officials to discuss strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of US-Malaysia bilateral relations", it read.

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