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Southeast Asian, world leaders arrive for 31st ASEAN Summit

Southeast Asian, world leaders arrive for 31st ASEAN Summit
(UPDATED) Leaders from the ASEAN member states and the group's partner countries arrive for the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – World leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines continue arriving Sunday morning, November 12.

The first leader to arrive was Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, whose flight touched down at Clark at around 10:30 am. 

Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived at past noon at the Clark International Airport.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak followed, arriving at around 12:42 pm.

At past 1 pm, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was welcomed at Clark.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived shortly after. The ASEAN Summit is part of Ardern’s first foreign trip as New Zealand’s new leader, having assumed office only last October 26.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed at around 1:50 pm.

Japanese Prime MInister Shinzo Abe, meanwhile, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila at around 2 pm.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha followed, arriving in Clark at around 2:15 pm.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived at around 4:15 pm.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Clark at 4:30 pm.

Early arrivals

On Saturday, two world leaders arrived ahead of the rest: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. 

After their arrival, they attended a welcome dinner hosted by former President, now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“This series of meetings is the largest gathering of world leaders that the Philippines will be hosting during this chairmanship year,” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said in a press briefing Friday evening, November 10. (READ: Schedule of Activities: ASEAN Summit, November 12-14, 2017Rappler.com

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