US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged nearly USD300 million in security assistance for countries in Southeast Asia, the US Department of State has said.
A department fact sheet said the funds – announced by Pompeo at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional forum on August 4 in Singapore – are intended to improve the US’ security relationships across the Indo-Pacific region.
It added that the military aid includes USD290.5 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to strengthen maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and peacekeeping capabilities, and USD8.5 million in International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INCLE) funds to counter transnational crime.
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