Duterte set to meet with various world leaders during ASEAN Summit

  • Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will possibly meet with various world leaders as sidelines in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit
  • Summit will be held in Vientiane, Laos on September 6 to 8

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit will be held in Vientiane, Laos, and President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to meet other world leaders.

The meetings are being arranged to take place on the sidelines of the summit on September 6 to 8, an article written by Pia Ranada on Rappler mentioned.

As confirmed by Assistant Secretary Lisette Marquez of the Presidential Appointments staff, the President is likely to meet US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Meanwhile, more world leaders manifested their desire to meet with Duterte. The President, however, have left the decision to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to recommend which countries he should meet with.

This will be the first time that Duterte shall meet with world leaders. Exact dates of meetings, however, is still to be finalized by the DFA.

Possible topics to be discussed between the President and the various world leaders include the West Philippine Sea dispute, Duterte’s remarks about the US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, and supposed human rights violations in the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.

During the ASEAN meet, Duterte will witness the turnover of ASEAN chairmanship to the Philippines, which will host the event next year.

Before proceeding to Laos, Duterte is scheduled to visit Brunei on September 4. He will then proceed to Indonesia for a two-day visit.