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Trump will skip the Asian regional summits, Pence will travel instead

Trump will skip the Asian regional summits, Pence will travel instead

WASHINGTON: The president of EE. The United States, Donald Trump, will not attend regional summits with Asian allies in November, but will send Vice President Mike Pence in his place, the White House announced on Friday.

Pence will travel to Singapore to attend the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East Asia Summit, he said.

Then he will go to Papua New Guinea for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, the White House said.

Trump attended the ASEAN summit in the Philippines and the APEC summit in Vietnam last year.

The White House said that Pence, while in Asia, “would highlight the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, based on respect for sovereignty, the rule of law and the principles of free, fair and reciprocal trade. ”

“The Vice President looks forward to meeting with our partners and partners throughout the region to advance security, prosperity and freedom for all,” he said.

The White House also confirmed on Friday that Trump will travel to Paris for the November 11 commemoration of the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

Trump will attend the ceremonies to “highlight the sacrifices Americans have made, not only during World War I but also in the century since, in the name of freedom,” he said.

The president will then visit Ireland to “renew the deep and historic ties” between the two countries, the White House said.

Later in November, the president will travel to Buenos Aires for the summit of the Group of 20, said the White House, and will make a stop in Colombia on the same trip.

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