US President Joe Biden will not attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Bangkok due to “a family engagement,” Thai PBS reported.
The White House informed the Thai Embassy in Washington DC that the president has delegated Vice President Kamala Harris to represent him at the November 18th and 19th leaders’ meeting. Harris will fly to Bangkok and attend only the two-day summit.
According to a highly placed source, Biden will join the G20 summit in Bali on November 15th and 16th. His visit will take place a week after the mid-term elections in the US. He will fly to Bali and return to directly to Washington. Biden had previously planned to proceed to Bangkok for a one-day stopover to attend the APEC leaders’ meeting.