Trump to attend three Asian summits in November: Pence

Judith QuinnApr 22, 2017

"Our objective is zero incident up to the final ASEAN meeting", said Cuy, who oversees security for more than 140 meetings that the Philippines will host as it leads the 10-nation regional bloc this year.

For his part, Duterte, however, said he was not sure whether Trump would visit the Philippines.

He also stressed the need for "fundamental freedom of navigation", and said he and President Donald Trump want to expand economic ties with Indonesia.

Trump's decision to attend the meetings could come as a surprise to some, given his fiery "America first" rhetoric and his decision to abandon a Pacific trade pact which was the economic plank of the pivot.

"And you wouldn't believe that even as we speak, we are still bidding for suppliers for the subsequent meetings, which ideally all of these should have been finished before the start of the meetings in January", he added.

He said other country leaders from dialogue partners like Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, and South Korea are also expected to attend.

"Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam is frankly an inspiration", he said.

Paynor elaborated on specific issues Duterte may discuss with Widodo.

"The previous administration decided, and rightly so, to allow the incoming administration to decide how it wanted to host the 2017 ASEAN meetings", he said. "With Brunei, similar issues that I feel will just be reiterated and perhaps further elucidated".

Meanwhile, Widodo is also set to attend the launch of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung RO-RO (Roll On, Roll Out) route in the morning April 30.

One of the ASEAN meetings, the East Asia Summit, is scheduled for November 13-14, while the APEC summit is set for November 11-12.

Robespierre Bolivar told a news conference that Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo will go to the United States in early May to attend the meeting between the ASEAN FMs and the US state secretary.

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