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US, Asean leaders agree to hold annual summits
Publication Date : 20-11-2012
US President Barack Obama and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreed yesterday to hold annual summits, the White House said.
"Recognising the importance of enhancing US-Asean ties, the leaders agreed to institutionalise the leaders meeting to an annual summit as a further step towards raising the US-Asean partnership to a strategic level," a statement said.
Obama met with the Asean leaders on Monday evening ahead of an expanded summit Tuesday with China, Russia, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.