Russia's Lavrov, US's Tillerson to meet August 6-8: Russian foreign ministry

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC US Jun 13 2017. Reuters

Tillerson will then travel to Thailand to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and discuss regional issues and the US-Thai partnership.

He directed the ramping up of production in Thailand's first commercial natural gas field at Nam Phong district of Khon Kaen.

The Philippines, as this year's chairman of Asean, will host the 50th Asean foreign Ministers Meeting and other related meetings.

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The meetings are also expected to focus on U.S. policy toward Asia following the USA withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in January, as well as a rising threat of terrorism in the region such as the siege by Islamic State-linked militants of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

Tillerson will participate in meetings of diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, and discuss "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maritime security, and counterterrorism", the State Department said.

Thornton's remarks contrasted with those of U.S. President Donald Trump, who on Saturday accused Beijing of doing "nothing" to help on North Korea and pointed to the huge U.S. trade deficit with China. The US, she said has been working with China on North Korea.

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She added that Tillerson's travel reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. to broaden and enhance USA economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

"It is our hope that this first zone of deconfliction will hold, with the Russians' assistance and the Russians delivering on their commitments, and that we can find ways to replicate this in other areas, in particular, in the north northern part of Syria, as we continue to liberate areas from terrorists", the USA top diplomat said.

"The sides exchanged assessments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula in the context of the preparation of the UN Security Council's reaction to the Pyongyang's missile launch on July 28", the ministry said in a statement. "We've had the US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue here in Washington DC recently that discussed the full gamut of trade and investment and economic issues, and that discussion is continuing and we've got a number of hundred-day plans in the works to negotiate resolution and show concrete progress in that relationship", the official said.

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The foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will also attend the Asean Regional Forum.


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