ASEAN’s Annual Regional Forum Held

ASEAN's Annual Regional Forum Held

ASEAN’s Annual Regional Forum Held

(Brunei) – The annual regional forum of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has opened in Brunei with US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart discussing their positions on the war in Syria. Kerry after meeting Sergei Lavrov said that Washington and Moscow were committed to holding a peace conference on Syria but that it would likely take place after August.
Kerry said they both agree that “the conference should happen sooner rather than later” to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian war. Moscow has backed the Syrian regime in the more than two-year conflict that has claimed nearly 100,000 lives, while Washington has said it is boosting support for the armed opposition, including arms deliveries. Russia and Western countries have agreed to push the opponents for talks in Geneva, but they still have no agreement on the terms of the meeting.
Kerry also said he did not have substantive discussions with Lavrov on US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The meeting between Kerry and Lavrov follows controversy surrounding Snowden, who leaked details of a US surveillance programme.
The ASEAN summit, which brought together 26 countries from the Asia-Pacific region and the EU, also sent a “very strong message” to North Korea on Tuesday that it must dismantle its nuclear programme, according to South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se.

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