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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 7, 2007

Fact Sheet: United States Cooperation with Southeast Asia

      President Bush Meets with Southeast Asian Leaders
      Infocus: APEC 2007


Today, President Bush Met With Leaders From Seven Southeast Asian Economies Participating In The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meetings. These countries are also members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

President Bush Announced, And The Leaders Of The ASEAN Nations Welcomed, The Creation Of The Position Of United States Ambassador To ASEAN. This Ambassador will work with ASEAN nations to deepen the already strong and robust U.S.-ASEAN relationship.

President Bush Expressed His Intent To Host A Meeting Of ASEAN Leaders To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of U.S.-ASEAN Relations.

President Bush And The Southeast Asian Leaders Hailed The Growing Cooperation Under The U.S.-ASEAN Enhanced Partnership, Announced Under The Leadership Of President Bush And ASEAN Leaders In 2005. They also discussed other regional issues, including U.S.-ASEAN trade cooperation, the disconcerting human rights situation in Burma, regional security, and counterterrorism cooperation.

President Bush And The ASEAN Leaders Noted The Wide Range Of Work Accomplished On Eight Priority Areas For Cooperation Under The Enhanced Partnership Since 2005. All this work is in addition to the substantial bilateral cooperation between the United States and individual ASEAN countries:

President Bush And The Leaders Of ASEAN Nations Also Discussed The Important Progress Made In Trade And Investment Relations Under The U.S.-ASEAN Trade And Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Signed In 2006.

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