PM to join Asean Summit in Manila Nov 13-14

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will join the 31st Asean Summit and Related Summits during Nov 13-14 in Manila, the Philippines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

Asean leaders will also have meetings with external partners China, Japan, Republic of Korea, India, the United Nations (UN), the 20th Asean Plus Three Meeting, and the 12th East Asia Summit.

There will also be summits to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Asean-US, Asean-Canada, and Asean-European Union (EU).

Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump has decided at the last minute to extend a marathon trip to Asia and will spend “an extra day in the Philippines” to attend the East Asia Summit, the Manila-based news website Rappler.com reported.

“We’re actually staying an extra day in the Philippines,” Trump said on departure Friday (Nov 3), a decision that was confirmed by senior White House officials.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on November 3, 2017. The Trumps are in Hawaii before a five-nation tour of Asia. AFP PHOTO

Trump left Joint Base Andrews, just outside Washington, bound for Hawaii. From there he will travel on to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Earlier, the US Embassy in Manila said Trump will skip the East Asia Summit which was the culmination of the Asean Summit.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai will join the 16th Asean Political-Security Community Council Meeting and the 20th Asean Coordinating Council Meeting on Nov 12 to prepare for the Asean Summit.

According to Thai PBS reporters covering Asean issues, it is expected that situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar, North Korea crisis, and the South China Sea will be among the topics raised at the Asean Summit in Manila.