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06 August 2017, 01:34 | Kara Nash
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In talks with Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and other officials, he is expected to stress the "enduring" US-Thailand partnership and regional issues, according to the department.
Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Tillerson would have the chance to engage with China's foreign minister at the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, but had no plans to meet North Korea's foreign minister there.
From Saturday to Aug 9, the US Secretary of State will be in the Philippines, then Thailand and Malaysia.
The ministry said Lavrov and Tillerson agreed to meet on the sidelines of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum, which will be held from August 6-8 in the Philippine capital, Manila.
Susan Thornton is the top USA diplomat for Asia.
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"Secretary Tillerson's travel reaffirms the administration's commitment to further broaden and enhance U.S. economic and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region", the statement said.
"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 interlocutors exchanged assessments of developments on the Korean Peninsula in the context of the UN Security Council's forthcoming reaction to the ballistic missile launch that Pyongyang effecturated on July 28", the ministry's report said.
DPRK is an acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"In Kuala Lum-pur, he will meet officials to discuss strengthening cooperation on a range of issues in the 60th year of US-Malaysia bilateral relations", it read.
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