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India-ASEAN Summit is the President’s first trip abroad this 2018

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The first foreign trip for President Rodrigo Duterte this 2018 is to attend the India-Association of Southeast Asian Summit (Asean) next week.

“I’d like to confirm that the President will attend the India-ASEAN Summit from the 24th to the 26th of this month. We place great importance on our relationship with India which is considered an emerging economy, President Duterte’s participation is an outcome of his bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of India at the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

“The fact that the President decided to attend, is also because of a personal appeal by the Indian Ambassador that in 2012, the Commemorative Summit held in 2012 in India, the Philippines was the only country that was not represented by Head of State ‘no, and that is why he has confirmed his attendance,” he added.

During the Asean summit in November 2017, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Duterte to visit Manila.

Aside from India, the Palace official said that the President may travel to at least four countries this year including South Korea, Australia, and Israel.

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