Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Bangkok, Thailand; Sydney, Australia; and Pohnpei, the Federated States of Micronesia July 30-August 6 to deepen our long-standing alliances and vibrant bilateral relations with these countries, and reaffirm our commitment to ASEAN, which is central to our vision for the Indo-Pacific region.
On August 1, Secretary Pompeo will arrive in Bangkok where he will co-chair the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial and the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial.
The next day, August 2, Secretary Pompeo will deliver remarks at the Siam Society on America’s economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. The Secretary will then participate in the East Asia Summit (EAS) Ministerial, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial, and hold a bilateral meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai to discuss ways to further strengthen the U.S.-Thai alliance.
On August 3, the Secretary will travel from Thailand to Australia. On August 4, Secretary Pompeo, along with Secretary of Defense Esper, will lead the U.S. delegation to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN). As part of his AUSMIN engagement, the Secretary will participate in dialogues aimed at strengthening the Alliance, working shoulder to shoulder with Australia to meet global and transnational challenges, and safeguarding sovereignty in Pacific Island countries and Southeast Asia. He will also deliver remarks on the U.S.-Australia relationship at the State Library of New South Wales. The Secretary will also meet with Prime Minister Morrison to discuss continued collaboration on advancing our shared set of values, principles, and overlapping interests.
On August 5, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Consulate General Sydney staff and family members, and then depart for the Federated States of Micronesia to reaffirm our special partnership with this Pacific Island country under our Compact of Free Association.
The Secretary’s visit to the Federated States of Micronesia marks the first-ever visit by a Secretary of State to the Federated States of Micronesia. While in Pohnpei, Secretary Pompeo will meet with the leaders of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The Secretary will also meet with staff and family members of U.S. Embassy Kolonia. Secretary Pompeo will finish his visit by paying his respects and laying a wreath to honor the service of citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Secretary Pompeo will return to the United States on August 6.