ASEAN senior officials discuss preparations for November summit

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-11 10:10:09|Editor: Yang Yi
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MANILA, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Senior officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicked off on Wednesday in Manila a three-day meeting to discuss preparations for next month's ASEAN summit and related meetings.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines said it is convening the Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) to deliberate on the proposed outcome documents to be adopted or issued by the ASEAN leaders during their 31st summit here in November.

It said Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo will chair the Oct. 11 to 13 meeting, which will also consider the logistic preparations for the summit.

The JCM is a cross-sector body composed of senior officials from the ministries in charge of foreign affairs, economy and socio-cultural affairs of the 10 ASEAN member states.

After the JCM, the ASEAN foreign affairs officials will meet with their counterparts from China, Japan and South Korea under the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) senior officials meeting.

They will also meet with the senior officials of the East Asia Summit (EAS), which includes Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, and United States, among others, according to the statement.

The APT and EAS senior officials meeting will discuss preparations, including the outcome documents, for the ASEAN Plus Three summit and East Asia summit in November.

U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed to come to the Philippines and participate in the U.S.-ASEAN meeting and the East Asia Summit in Manila, where the meetings would be held from Nov. 10 to 14.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.