Blinken meets Qatar's FM at ASEAN summit

STORY: Describing the Qatari Foreign Minister as a friend, the U.S. Secretary of State spoke of the close relationship between the two nations, "I think this is evidence of the very close partnership between Qatar and the United States on a broad range of both regional and global issues. We had an opportunity to just spend some time talking about a number of them, to include Afghanistan, to talk with Iran and some other regional issues, and, of course, to talk a little bit about the work that we're doing here in Cambodia."

The meeting in Phnom Pehnh of the 10-nation block is being attended by a string of other countries including China and the United States.

Most of the ASEAN members focus will be on the code of conduct for the South China Sea. Other topics of the summit's agenda include the military conflict in Myanmar, East Timor's admission to the block.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Ten other countries are attending the summit as dialogue partners, among them are: The United States, China Australia, Japan, India and South Korea.

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