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We welcome the issuance of the “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific” by the ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on June 23, 2019. This is a major step in affirming ASEAN unity at an important time in the organization’s history. We see strong convergence between the principles enshrined in ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific outlook—inclusivity, openness, a region based on rule of law, good governance, and respect for international law—and the vision of the United States for a free and open Indo-Pacific, as well as the regional approaches of our allies, partners, and friends. The United States continues to place ASEAN centrality at the heart of our Indo-Pacific strategy. ASEAN is central to the region and is an indispensable and irreplaceable strategic partner with the United States. We look forward to working with ASEAN to implement our shared vision for the region to continue to advance peace, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific.

U.S. Department of State

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