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Trump likely to attend ASEAN summit in November

Apr 22, 2017, 01:36
Trump likely to attend ASEAN summit in November

According to Malaca├▒ang's chief protocol officer Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Trump made the confirmation during his earlier phone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte previous year.

Paynor also said the ASEAN-related activities in Bohol this week will continue despite the encounter between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf Group during the Holy Week.

On another matter, Mr. Duterte might visit South Korea, an ASEAN dialogue partner, in the "second half of this year" - according to the Korean newspaper Maeil Business News Korea which cited Korea Importers Association (KOIMA). "Numerous leaders who do not attend do so because of internal issues", although "one or two" leaders may not be able to attend.

The 31st ASEAN Summit is scheduled to be held from November 10 to 14, 2017 in Clark Field, Pampanga.

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"Even if Trump were to attend the summits, he could do more harm than good", Mr. Connelly wrote on Lowy Institute's Web site last March.

Robespierre Bolivar told a news conference that Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo will go to the United States in early May to attend the meeting between the ASEAN FMs and the USA state secretary.

"Multilateral meetings of this sort, you usually expect 100% attendance.

I might also add that on the 27th we have the bilateral visit of His Majesty Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei", said Chief of Presidential Protocol Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr on Wednesday, April 19.

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"This is a return state visit of President Widodo. At least verbally, he said he is coming", said Paynor.

President Widodo will also join President Duterte at the launching of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Ro-Ro sea linkage route on April 30 in Davao.

Tillerson and the ministers are likely to discuss trade, territorial claims in the South China Sea, trafficking, crime and other issues.

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