DAVAO CITY, March 19, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte is headed to Myanmar and Thailand in the next few days for the final leg of his tour of the ASEAN member nations.
President Duterte, in a speech delivered before journalists covering the departure honors at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, said that the trip includes a partnership between Myanmar and the Philippines, as both nations are emerging nations with similar experiences.
Duterte’s trip to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Kingdom of Thailand is scheduled from March 19 to March 22.
According to the President, the trip to both countries are in preparation for the hosting of the Philippines of the 30th ASEAN Summit as well as the other meetings scheduled in Manila next month.
“Myanmar is our ASEAN neighbor and friend with whom we’ve had relations for more than six decades now,” Duterte said.
“My visit will underscore our commitment to deepen partnership with Myanmar towards a brighter and better future.”
“As developing countries with similar historic experiences and facing the same challenges, we can use the synergies of our interests as basis for strengthened cooperation.”
“This is true in combatting traditional and emerging transnational crimes, including terrorism and violent extremism, piracy and the illicit drug trade.”
In Myanmar, Duterte will be meeting President U Htin Kyaw, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of Defense Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.