US vice-president Mike Pence to meet Narendra Modi next week; will attend US-ASEAN, East Asia summits in Singapore


Washington: US Vice President Mike Pence would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his four-nation trip next week, during which he will also attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore, the White House has said.

File image of Mike Pence. AP

File image of Mike Pence. AP

Generally, the summit is attended by the US president. However, this time Pence would be representing the country at the request of President Donald Trump.

Pence will travel to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea between 11 and 18 November to attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea.

Pence will also participate in meetings with Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, Singapore premier Lee Hsien Loong, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill, and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, in addition to other bilateral meetings, the White House said.

National Security Advisor John Bolton will join Vice President Pence for the US-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in Singapore and APEC meetings in Papua New Guinea.

“The Vice President is honoured to represent President Donald Trump at the US-ASEAN Summit and APEC next week, where he will highlight American leadership in the region and reaffirm our commitment to freedom, economic prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific,” Alyssa Farah, press secretary for the vice president, said.

This will be Pence’s third trip to the region as the vice president and he will reaffirm Trump’s commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, she said. “He will also deliver the message that authoritarianism, aggression, and the disregard for other nations’ sovereignty by any nation in the Indo-Pacific will not be tolerated by the United States,” Farah said.





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