The East Asia Summit (EAS)’s state member officials are gathering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to discuss the East Asian security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Nam Hong, the July 20-21 meeting creates valuable opportunities for EAS members to share their views on measures maintaining and consolidating peace, security and sustainability in the region.

The discussions are expected to step up cooperation and trust among the members, he said, adding that during the meeting, participants will focus on a raft of issues such as marine collaboration and the fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and cross-border crimes.

The EAS is a forum held annually with participating leaders from ten ASEAN countries and eight dialogue partners including Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the US.-VNA