☷Secretary Blinken s Meeting with Civil Society Leaders from Southeast Asia United States Department of State
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:Secretary of State Antony J . Blinken met virtually today with a diverse group of civil society leaders from Southeast Asia to hear about their courageous work advocating for human rights , justice , democracy , and unhindered humanitarian access for assistance to vulnerable groups . Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to putting human rights , justice , and democracy at the center of our foreign policy , including as we seek to strengthen our relationship with ASEAN . The Secretary noted that the concerns and personal stories he heard will help inform our engagement on democracy and human rights at the U . S . - ASEAN Special Summit on May 12 - 13 . He also noted diplomatic and economic actions the U . S . government is taking to support civil society and strengthen democracy across the region and the world .
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