Castro Statement Welcoming ASEAN Foreign Ministers to Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), founding co-chair of the U.S. Congressional Caucus on ASEAN and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement welcoming foreign ministers from Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to Washington, D.C.:
“I extend a warm welcome to ASEAN foreign ministers visiting Washington, D.C., and look forward to meeting with them while they’re in our nation’s capital. Recognizing the importance of the U.S.-ASEAN partnership, I co-founded the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN to build on the Obama Administration’s progress in deepening the United States’ ties with ASEAN member countries.
“This year not only marks the 40th year of the U.S.-ASEAN relationship, but also the 50th anniversary of ASEAN’s formation. I’m pleased that dignitaries from our Southeast Asian partners are in the United States at this historic time, and I look forward to our countries’ increased collaboration on economic, security, and human rights matters. Together, the United States, ASEAN, and our strategic allies can foster a more stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific.”