Duterte skips ASEAN-UN meeting & attends gala dinner for ASEAN leaders

President Rodrigo Duterte is attending the gala dinner for ASEAN heads of state in Vientiane, Laos.

A cultural presentation is ongoing.

Duterte is seated between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo.

This negates expectation that the Philippine President would be seated between U.S. President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Earlier, Duterte skipped the meeting between ASEAN leaders and officials of the U.N. led by Ban.

He was represented by Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay in the ASEAN-UN event scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday.

Duterte reportedly paid a courtesy call to Laos President Bounnhang Vorachith at 7 pm.




Topics: Duterte , Obama , Ban Ki-moon , UN , US , ASEAN Summit
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