US postpones ASEAN regional summit due to coronavirus: US official

US postpones ASEAN regional summit due to coronavirus: US official

U.S. President Trump holds news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at the White House in Washin
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gives a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON: The United States has delayed a regional ASEAN summit scheduled to take place in Las Vegas next month due to fears of the coronavirus, a senior administration official said Friday (Feb 28).

"As the international community works together to defeat the novel coronavirus, the United States, in consultation with ASEAN partners, has made the difficult decision to postpone the ASEAN leaders meeting," said the official on condition of not being named.

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Leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations had been due to be hosted by President Donald Trump on Mar 14.

The official said the United States "values our relationships with the nations of this critical region, and looks forward to future meetings".

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Source: AFP/hs