the Leaders of seven of the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), refused to attend the summit with the participation of the USA in Bangkok after American President Donald trump did not attend the event but sent his assistant for national security Robert O'Brian.
senior official From the summit was attended by the Prime Ministers of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The rest of the member countries of the organization — Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines — were represented by their foreign Ministers.
United States expressed concern about the ASEAN leaders due to their "deliberate efforts to discredit" President Donald trump by partial boycott ASEAN summit, the United States, scheduled for Monday in Bangkok.
"a Full or partial boycott on the part of ASEAN leaders will be seen as a deliberate attempt to discredit the President of the United States of America, and it will be very harmful to the nature of the relationship between Asia and the USA", - stated in the message publication Bangkok Post.
ASEAN Members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Together they constitute the fastest growing regional market with a population of about 650 million people.