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ASEAN, US leaders to consider upgrading partnership to 'strategic partnership'

(The Philippine Star) - November 17, 2012 - 11:00pm

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) - The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States will consider boosting their ties to a "strategic partnership" in the 4th ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting next Monday, a Cambodian official said Saturday.

"The eminent persons from both ASEAN and the US have provided a number of recommendations to the leaders of the ASEAN and the US to strengthen bilateral ties. Among them is the recommendation to upgrade the ASEAN-US partnership to the strategic partnership," Kao Kim Hourn, secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press briefing after the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

He said that the leaders will take the recommendation for consideration in the upcoming ASEAN-US Leaders' meeting, which will be held back to back with the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh.

The ASEAN-US Summit will be co-chaired by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Chair of ASEAN in 2012, and newly re-elected US President Barack Obama.

Obama will arrive in the capital of Cambodia on Monday afternoon, Nov. 19 for a two-day visit, according to the US Embassy.

In Cambodia, he will attend the 4th ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting and the 7th East Asia Summit.

Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said Saturday that Obama will meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen soon after his arrival to discuss enhancing bilateral ties between Cambodia and the US

Obama will meet separately with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao next Tuesday.

ASEAN ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS CAMBODIAN INFORMATION MINISTER KHIEU KANHARITH CAMBODIAN PRIME MINISTER HUN SEN EAST ASIA SUMMIT FOREIGN MINISTERS IN CAMBODIA JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIKO NODA AND CHINESE PREMIER WEN JIABAO KAO KIM HOURN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OBAMA
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