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On the sidelines of the ASEAN summit, meetings will also be held with the participation of major powers, including Russia and the United States
Leading diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region flock to the Thai capital to discuss regional issues, including security on the Korean Peninsula and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
The meetings in Bangkok are organized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is chaired this year by Thailand. In total, the organization includes 10 countries.
The event, which ends Saturday, will feature 27 meetings with 31 countries and various alliances, Thai officials said..
The ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting will be the key event, but the major powers attending side events such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and East Asia Ministerial Meeting are likely to receive the most attention..
Among the most influential participants are US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The meetings will also be attended by representatives of Australia, India, the European Union, Japan and South Korea.
The greatest attention will be paid to meetings on the sidelines of the summit, in which ASEAN will play a supporting role.
As the Thai Foreign Ministry said last week, a North Korean representative will also arrive in Bangkok, but it is not yet clear if this is a Foreign Minister..
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