Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson
Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia
August 1, 2017— U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Manila, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur August 5 – 9. In Manila, he will participate in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial. 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.
Secretary Tillerson will also travel to Thailand to pay respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and engage Thai officials on the enduring U.S.-Thailand partnership and regional issues. In Kuala Lumpur, he will meet officials to discuss strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of U.S.-Malaysia bilateral relations.
Secretary Tillerson’s travel reaffirms the Administration’s commitment to further broaden and enhance U.S. economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region.
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