WASHINGTON: During the four-nation trip next week, US Vice President Mike Pence would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The White House has reported that Mr Pence during his trip would also attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore.
The summit which generally is attended by the US President will be attended by Mike Pence this time. Sources have reported that US President Donald Trump has requested Mr Pence to represent the country.
During his four-nation trip next week, Mr Pence will travel to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea between November 11 and 18. Amidst his journey, he will attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore and in Papua New Guinea he will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings.
Besides this, the White House has informed our news sources that Mike Pence apart from attending the summits will also participate in meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singapore premier Lee Hsien Loong, Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
On the other hand, Vice President Pence will be accompanied by National Security Advisor John Bolton for the US-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in Singapore and APEC meetings in Papua New Guinea.
“The Vice President is honoured to represent President Donald Trump at the US-ASEAN Summit and APEC next week, where he will highlight American leadership in the region and reaffirm our commitment to freedom, economic prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific,” Alyssa Farah, Press Secretary for the Vice President said.
As per the reports, the journey of Mr Pence will be the third trip to the region as the Vice President.
“He will also deliver the message that authoritarianism, aggression, and the disregard for other nations’ sovereignty by any nation in the Indo-Pacific will not be tolerated by the United States,” Alyssa Farah said.