Duterte to go on official visit to Thailand next week

Duterte to go on official visit to Thailand next week

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MANILA, March 16, 2017 (PNA) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today said President Rodrigo Duterte will undertake an official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand from March 20 to 22, 2017.

In a press briefing, Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said President Duterte and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha are scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting in which they are expected to discuss issues of mutual concern, including political, economic, agriculture, energy, education, and defense cooperation.

Manalo said the President is expected to share with Thai officials information on various developments in the country, as well as the priorities and programs of the Philippines for its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017.

Duterte is also scheduled to meet members of the Filipino community. There are more than 16,000 Filipinos living and working in Thailand, Manalo told reporters covering DFA.

Bilateral relations between the Philippines and Thailand will reach 68 years in June 2017.

“The relations have always been strong and vibrant, with exchanges at the highest levels taking place regularly since the establishment of relations in 1949,” Manalo said. (PNA)


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