Obama was delivering a speech Sunday at the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Obama said the United States has built and led a broad coalition of some 65 nations against ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), and the contribution of those other nations is very important to the coalition’s success.
“The Asia Pacific is absolutely critical to promoting security, prosperity and human dignity around the world,” Obama said. “That’s why I’ve devoted so much of my foreign policy to deepening America’s engagement with this region. And I’m pleased that on this trip we made progress across the board.”
Obama noted that terrorism is no stranger to the region. “Over the years, our friends here in Asia have been victims of terrorism, and many of them are close counterterrorism partners with us,” he said.
Obama said he used part of his time at the summit to work with regional partners who are members of the anti-ISIL coalition. These include Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
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