Obama to host U.S. summit with Southeast Asian nations Feb. 15-16

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Posted: Dec 30, 2015 2:56 PM

HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will host a summit with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in California on Feb. 15-16, the White House said on Wednesday.

"This unprecedented gathering – the first hosted by the United States with the ASEAN leaders - builds on the deeper partnership that the United States has forged with ASEAN since 2009 and will further advance the Administration’s rebalance to Asia and the Pacific," it said in a statement.

The meeting will take place at the Sunnylands retreat center in Rancho Mirage, California, a place where the White House has staged other high profile meetings outside of Washington.

Obama, who is currently on vacation in Hawaii, previously announced his intention to hold the meeting, but the White House had not disclosed the dates.  

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)