Trump to attend three Asian summits in November - Pence


The foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations requested the meeting with Tillerson in an effort to engage with the new USA administration, said Patrick Murphy, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for southeast Asia.

Asean National Organizing Committee Director-General Marciano Paynor said their top priority was having a zero-incident type of meeting as the leaders of the 10 Asean member countries came here for the annual regional meeting.

The group's summit and related meetings will be held in Manila next week, the last week of April.

But Duterte softened his stance against the US after Trump's win, adding he could get along well with the new US President.

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Bolivar also said that chairing ASEAN has an "income generation aspect" in towns, cities, and provinces because around 150 worldwide meetings will be held across the Philippines.

Former president Barack Obama, who had championed a "pivot to Asia", was a frequent visitor to the Asia-Pacific as he sought to refocus USA foreign policy on the region to counter growing Chinese influence.

In a meeting with the Filipino community in Qatar on Saturday, Duterte also described Trump as a "pragmatic" thinker.

Obama called off what was meant to be his first meeting with Duterte after the latter reportedly cursed at him, and even described him in vulgar terms.

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"So at least verbally he (Trump) said he was coming", Paynor said.

Bolivar said they expected all nine other ASEAN leaders to be in attendance at the meetings to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center on April 29.

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

Indonesia was Duterte's first foreign trip back in September.

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The DFA is eyeing a bilateral meeting between Manalo and Tillerson on the sidelines of the ASEAN-US Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Bolivar said.