Duterte likely to meet Putin, Abe, Modi during ASEAN Summit

Pia Ranada
Duterte likely to meet Putin, Abe, Modi during ASEAN Summit

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More country leaders are seeking a meeting with the Philippine President during the regional summit in Laos

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to meet world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, aside from US President Barack Obama, this September.

These meetings are being arranged to take place on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on September 6 to 8 in Vientiane, Laos. 

Duterte 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, confirmed Assistant Secretary Lisette Marquez of the Presidential Appointments staff. 

These will be Duterte’s first meetings as Philippine President with these leaders.

Duterte’s ASEAN Summit schedule was discussed with him on Tuesday night, August 30.

More countries requested to meet with Duterte but the President left it to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to recommend which countries he should meet with.

The exact dates of the meetings were not discussed. These will also be finalized by the DFA. 

The US State Department previously announced the meeting to take place between Duterte and Obama.

The topics they are likely to discuss include the West Philippine Sea dispute, Duterte’s remarks about US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, and supposed human rights violations in the government’s anti-illegal drugs camapign.  – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.