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Philippines confirms Trudeau attendance to ASEAN meet in Manila

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN in Manila.

The ASEAN summit hosted by the Philippines will happen on November 14.

Trudeau’s last visit in the Philippines was in November 2015 when he attended the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ meeting hosted by the administration of then-President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.

Last August, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued an invitation for Trudeau to attend the summit in November as a guest of the chair.

“Yes, we’re expecting Trudeau,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters on the sidelines of the ASEAN High-Level Forum in Manila on October 19.

Cayetano also said that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has confirmed his attendance to the summit.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, might not attend the meetings in Manila as they will also participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam.

“President Xi Jinping will be in APEC while Premier Li (Keqiang) will be here. I think President Putin will be in APEC and then [in Manila will be] Prime Minister (Dmitri) Medvedev,” Cayetano said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is yet to release the final list of the heads of state who will be attending the ASEAN Summit in Manila.

Heads of state from ASEAN member states and major dialogue partners such as the US, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are expected to attend the meetings.

The European Union has also been invited as a guest of the ASEAN chair.

Trudeau may participate in the ASEAN-Canada 40th anniversary commemorative summit on November 14.