On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I’m pleased to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the 52nd anniversary of the founding of ASEAN on August 8.  Throughout its history, ASEAN has helped foster a more stable, prosperous, and peaceful region.  The United States remains committed to ASEAN’s central role in the region.

The strategic partnership between the United States and ASEAN contributes to our shared vision of a rules-based, open, and inclusive Indo Pacific.  We will continue to work together to promote the values, interests, and policies that help the region grow and thrive and build ties between the people of the United States and the people of Southeast Asia.  The United States looks forward to many more years of partnership with ASEAN.

U.S. Department of State

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