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Trump expected to visit PH for ASEAN meet in November


Meetings of trade officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Bohol will "go on as planned" this week despite the security scare from the recent clash between government troops and Abu Sayyaf bandits in the province, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Monday. "We still don't have all the details, but it will be [in] early May".

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.

Manila will host the 30th Asean Summit on April 26-29.

"When I spoke to President Trump this morning, he gave me the great privilege to inform the secretary-general and the permanent [representatives] of ASEAN that the US president will attend the US-ASEAN Summit, the East Asia Summit and the APEC Leaders Meeting in Vietnam and the Philippines this November", Pence said.

Paynor said that while security measures have been in place, officials in charge for Asean summit are also considering Duterte's instruction to maintain "normal flow of daily activities" in Manila during the four-day long Asean meetings. "He wants to attend the summit and that would be great for our country", Duterte then said, recalling his conversation with Trump.

"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.

He also stressed the need for "fundamental freedom of navigation", and said he and President Donald Trump want to expand economic ties with Indonesia.

After they spoke, Manila presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella remarked, "We can say at this stage, that our relationship with the United States is improving".

The 10 leaders will also meet at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and will have a retreat at the Coconut Palace.

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

The US is one of the dialogue partners of ASEAN along with China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Australia and South Korea.

This will be President Widodo's second time to visit the Philippines as head of his country.

The announcement comes after months of uncertainty over whether the new United States administration would reaffirm its presence in the region, with Washington keeping coy about continuing the "Pivot to Asia" policy it had inherited from Trump's predecessor.

Paynor said the President is expected to have at least two bilateral meetings on the sidelines.