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Trump to attend Asia summits, Pence says

Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 03:21

The announcement came as Pence visited the Jakarta headquarters of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and met representatives of the bloc.

On April 29, he said, all the 10 leaders of the ASEAN nations will convene at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and a "retreat" session at the Coconut Palace, next to PICC.

At least 52 meetings, including an annual gathering of ASEAN foreign ministers on central Boracay Island in February, have been held without any incident, Cuy said.

Duterte earlier invited Trump to go to the Philippines to attend the Asean summit.

And the United States is seen to play a keener role in ASEAN, going by Malacañang's remarks on Wednesday about US President Donald J. Trump's attendance in the November meetings.

ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council (NOC) director general for operations Marciano Paynor said the meeting with the Brunei leader will be held on April 28 and on April 29 with the Indonesian leader. "I am nearly sure that the nine other ASEAN member-states will also be coming back in November", he added. The Philippine Star reported that some 4,000 people are expected to attend the event, though Tiotuico said he wasn't sure whether Chinese President Xi Jinping would come.

This vote of confidence was indeed warmly welcomed by ASEAN officials, as the White House had finally given "very positive indications" about USA interests in the region, outgoing Indonesian permanent representative to ASEAN Rahmat Pramono said.

Other heads of state from dialogue partners like the United States, Russia, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea are also expected to attend.

"Multilateral meetings of this sort, we usually expect 100% attendance".

After the ASEAN meeting, Duterte and Widodo will fly to Davao to witness the launch of the Davao-Gensan-Bitung Roro route on April 30.

It will then be followed by Asean Senior Officials' Preparatory; and Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area meetings on April 27.