Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister II Erywan reaffirmed the countries' longstanding friendship and cooperation and discussed issues of shared concern and priority, including economic ties, regional security, and human rights.
"I'm so glad to see you both for the important work we get to do on a bilateral basis, but also based on your tenure now as the chair of ASEAN, the very important work that ASEAN is doing, including with regard to Myanmar and many other issues," the US top diplomat said before the meeting.
The Secretary noted the US government's commitment to ASEAN centrality and ASEAN's role in the regional architecture, adding that he looked forward to even greater U.S. engagement with ASEAN.
Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister II Erywan also discussed ASEAN’s role in resolving the crisis in Myanmar.
The Secretary thanked Foreign Minister II Erywan for Brunei’s work as chair on this issue and urged ASEAN to hold the Burmese military junta accountable to the consensus plan.