18 Nov '11, 11am

[News] PM Lee: ASEAN's ties with US 'strategic and longstanding': BALI, Indonesia: Singapore's Prime Minister Le...

BALI, Indonesia: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has described ASEAN's ties with the US as "strategic and longstanding". He also emphasised that it is important for the US to keep engaging the region. Sharing his views on ASEAN-US ties on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting in Bali, he noted that this was the third year that ASEAN leaders are holding their summit with the President of the US. Mr Lee said US security presence in the region has underpinned regional peace and security for the last 60 years while the US economy has been the key driver of the region's economic progress. He noted too that economic difficulties in the US have also affected ASEAN. He also stressed it is important for the US to keep engaging the region, and countries must work together to maintain peace in a fast-changing environment. In this regard, ASEAN welcomed efforts to elevate the ...

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