Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for East Asian and Pacific Affairs W. Patrick Murphy travels to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand, May 22–31, 2019.
He will visit Canberra, May 22–24, to meet with the newly elected Australian government, coordinate efforts to expand and deepen the U.S.-Australia Alliance, and discuss advancing our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region in conjunction with other partners.
In Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on May 27, PDAS Murphy will meet with government officials and hold consultations with this close U.S. Pacific partner.
In Bangkok, May 28–May 31, PDAS Murphy will represent the United States at the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials Meetings. PDAS Murphy will also co-chair with Thailand the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and the Friends of the Lower Mekong Senior Officials Meetings.