Duterte sits down with 6 leaders in 1st int'l trip

VIENTIANE, Laos – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sat down with at least 6 world leaders on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane, Laos, which was his first international trip. 

Duterte held bilateral meetings with the following leaders while the ASEAN Summit was ongoing:

The Philippine Office of the President provided highlights of 4 of these bilateral meetings: 

Bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

These bilateral meetings do not include short conversations he has had with other world leaders during the ASEAN Summit.

Duterte also had brief exchanges with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US President Barack Obama, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of this regional meeting. – Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.