US President Donald Trump (AFP/VNA)

Vice President Pence made the announcement during his visit to the headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, and added that President Trump will also attend the US-ASEAN and East Asia meetings in the Philippines as well.

The Trump administration will work with ASEAN on security issues, trade, and freedom of navigation in the East Sea, Pence said.

Vice President Pence is on a 10-day Asia tour. He has been reassuring Asian allies that the Trump administration will seek stronger economic ties, despite leaving the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Last December, Trump spoke to Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc by phone and expressed a desire to strengthen the warming ties between the two countries. In late February, Trump sent a letter to President Tran Dai Quang suggesting he was interested in promoting bilateral cooperation./.

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