MANILA, Philippines — The much-awaited visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to the Philippines is set to happen this November for the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the 12th and the ASEAN-US Summit on the 13th where he is expected to have a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Between the President [Duterte] and President Trump, we’ve been arranging that and finding the common time and I think the presidential spokesman will announce it,” Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.
Trump, however, will no longer attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) which will be held on November 14.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will represent Trump in the said event, instead.
“It would have been great if President Trump could attend all the activities but the reality is any world leader especially the United States cannot spend too much days outside the US,” Cayetano said.
The White House has earlier announced that Trump’s visit to the Philippines is part of his Asian tour that covers China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam, as well as Hawaii.
Meanwhile, President Duterte is also set to visit Japan on October 29 to 31.
This is after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the Japan National Elections once again.
President Duterte will meet the Prime Minister and other high-ranking Japanese Government officials as part of enhancing the bilateral relations of the two countries.
Other issues that will be discussed include regional developments such as peace and stability particularly in the Korean Peninsula as well as the Philippines Chairmanship in the ASEAN. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue