Joint Statement of the ASEAN-U.S. Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration
We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit. This Special ASEAN – U.S. Leaders Summit was the first ever to be held in the United States and the very first Summit following the establishment of the ASEAN Community.
The Summit marked a watershed year for both ASEAN and for the increasingly close ASEAN-U.S. strategic partnership. In 2015, ASEAN Member States celebrated the establishment of the ASEAN Community, working together toward an ASEAN that better serves the people of Southeast Asia.
At our Summit in Kuala Lumpur in November 2015, we elevated the ASEAN-U.S. relationship to a strategic partnership, recognizing the transformation of our relationship over the past several years. On the occasion of this Special Summit, we the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of ASEAN and the United States of America take this opportunity to reaffirm the key principles that will guide our cooperation going forward:
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