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US pledges USD300 million in security assistance for Southeast Asia

06 August 2018

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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