Secretary of State Pompeo’s statement following the inaugural Mekong-U.S. Partnership Ministerial Meeting notes the common principles, shared priorities, and current challenges facing the Mekong sub-region that form the basis of the longstanding and ongoing cooperation between the United States and the countries in the Mekong sub-region. The United States welcomes this expanded partnership and remains committed to the autonomy, economic independence, good governance, and sustainable growth of the Mekong partner countries. We look forward to working with these countries and other international partners on water security, sustainable development, and addressing the threats from transnational criminal activity and trafficking in persons, drugs, and wildlife.