The United States has postponed a meeting of leaders of southeast Asian nations that was set for Las Vegas in mid-March due to COVID-19, a senior Trump administration official said. The decision was first reported on February 28 by Reuters news agency.
President Donald Trump had invited leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to meet in the U.S. this year after he skipped their annual meeting last year, which was held in Thailand. Trump sent national security adviser Robert O’Brien to the meeting in his place.
A senior Trump administration official said the U.S. had consulted with its ASEAN partners before it made the “difficult decision” to postpone the Las Vegas meeting.
ASEAN members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, making up a regional market of 650 million people.