The US assistant secretary of state for the East Asia and Pacific region is due to visit Cambodia and Laos from May 1-7 to discuss bilateral relations and the special ASEAN-US summit next month, according to the US State Department on April 29.
The US State Department said in a statement that during his visit to Cambodia, Daniel Kritenbrink was to meet Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn and “other senior officials”, as well as “young and civil society leaders” and discuss Cambodia. -The ties with the United States and the support of the North American country for the Kingdom’s year as Chairman of ASEAN.
In Laos, Kritenbrink is to lead the comprehensive bilateral dialogue between the United States and Laos and discuss closer cooperation with northern neighbor Cambodia and “forge a deeper connection” with the country as co-chair of the partnership. Mekong-USA this year.
The deputy secretary will also meet with officials from the Mekong River Commission and “engage” with alumni of State Department exchange programs, the statement said.
“The visits will highlight U.S. commitment to two of the region’s youngest and most dynamic societies, reinforcing ASEAN’s centrality, underscoring U.S. commitment to the Mekong-states partnership united in tackling cross-border challenges and promoting a safe, open and prosperous Mekong sub-region,” he added.
Kritenbrink will also discuss the upcoming special ASEAN-US summit to be hosted by US President Joe Biden in Washington on May 12-13, which Prime Minister Hun Sen is due to attend.