FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte is off to Myanmar and Thailand next week for the last leg of his regional tour of ASEAN countries.
The Chief Executive will be in Myanmar from March 19 to 20, after which he will proceed to Thailand where he will be staying from March 20 to 22.
President Duterte will meet Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw and other high government officials.
In Thailand, the Philippine president and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will hold a bilateral meeting.
“The President and Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha are scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting where they are expected to discuss issues of mutual concern, including political, economic, agriculture, energy, education, and defense cooperation,” said Department of Foreign Affairs Asst. Secretary, Charles Jose.
While there are no expected agreements to be signed in the President’s visit to Myanmar, his trip to Thailand is expected to yield agreements in agriculture, science and technology, energy, education and economic cooperation.
President Duterte will also meet the Filipino communities in the two countries.
DFA said there are 1,800 Filipinos in Myanmar and 16,000 in Thailand.
Meanwhile, Vice Premier Wang Yang, the highest Chinese official to visit the Philippines to date, will be in the country from March 16 to 19.
He will be attending the ASEAN-China year of Tourism and Business Forum in Manila.
While in Davao City, he will pay a courtesy call to President Duterte and meet with the country’s economic managers.
“The Vice Premier’s visit will build on the momentum of President Duterte’s state visit to China in October last year,” said asec. Jose. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue