Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Beigun and the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam launched the Mekong-U.S. Partnership at the first Mekong-U.S. Partnership Ministerial Meeting held online on September 11. The ASEAN Secretary General joined this inaugural meeting.

With this new Partnership, the United States and Mekong partner countries are building upon 11 years of cooperation and progress through the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) to expand collaboration in the face of new challenges and opportunities. The Partnership promotes stability, peace, prosperity, and sustainable development of the Mekong sub-region through cooperation among the Mekong partner countries and the United States. It further reinforces the strong and longstanding relationship among the United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.