Trump expected to attend Asean meet in November


"As of now, President Trump, for instance, when President Duterte called him up to congratulate him had already indicated that he was coming in November", Paynor said. "And numerous leaders who do not attend do so because they have internal issues, which prevents them from coming", Mr. Paynor also said.

Chief of Presidential Protocol and Director General for operations ASEAN NOC Ambassador Marciano Paynor said, "On 29th April which is the actual summit, we will have all 10 leaders meeting up at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and we'll have a retreat at the Coconut Palace".

In a phone call in December past year, President Duterte invited then President-elect Trump to the ASEAN Summit.

And the United States is seen to play a keener role in ASEAN, going by Malacañang's remarks on Wednesday about US President Donald J. Trump's attendance in the November meetings.

ASEAN, which is marking its golden anniversary this August, groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

This vote of confidence was indeed warmly welcomed by ASEAN officials, as the White House had finally given "very positive indications" about United States interests in the region, outgoing Indonesian permanent representative to ASEAN Rahmat Pramono said.

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

He said other country leaders from dialogue partners like Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, and South Korea are also expected to attend. "And numerous leaders who do not attend do so because they have internal issues and-which prevents them from coming", Paynor said.

Asean officials will discuss trade negotiations and hold other related meetings at Hennan Resort on Panglao Island on April 19-22, he said.

Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is scheduled to visit the Philippines on April 27 while Indonesian President Joko Widodo is expected to arrive the following day.

The government is busy preparing for the 30th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in the Philippines from April 26 to 29.