Obama to attend APEC meeting in Singapore


US President Barack Obama will attend the 17th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting in Singapore scheduled later this year, White House announced on Thursday.

“President Obama will attend the 17th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Singapore on November 14-15,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

APEC is an important forum that brings together the dynamic economies of the Pacific Rim and Singapore is an important partner on a range of regional and global issues, Mr. Gibbs said.

“President Obama looks forward to working with APEC leaders to promote open trade and investment, support economic recovery and sustainable development, and address key challenges facing the region and the world,” he said.

Mr. Gibbs said Obama expects to visit other countries during his trip to the region, but did not give the names.

“Further announcements will be forthcoming when those plans are finalised,” he said.


Obama announces Singapore visit
Kim Landers
Radio Australia News

American President Barack Obama will attend a meeting of Asian and Pacific leaders in Singapore in November.

He may include a visit to Australia.

The White House has announced the United States leader will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum in Singapore in mid-November.

A spokesman says the President is expected to visit other countries during the trip.

But that will not be announced until the plans are finalised.

The Obama administration is yet to annouce a new American ambassador to Australia.



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