2017 ASEAN Summit Begins as State Heads Arrive in The Philippines
The 2017 ASEAN Summit has commenced, as all world leaders have arrived in the Philippines.
According to the Philippine Star, the heads of the ASEAN member states arrived at the Clark Airport, in Pampanga, Philippines, before being transported Metro Manila – the country’s capital region where most of the events will be hosted.
The official ASEAN events commenced yesterday, where the world leaders donned the Filipino formal attire, except for Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who wore a traditional Burmese dress. Also in attendance was U.S. President Donald Trump, who arrived from Vietnam as he also attended the APEC Summit.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the state heads in his speech and said, “It is my pleasure to welcome you all to Manila… I am deeply honored to host this rare occasion of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN,” Duterte said in his speech before offering a toast.”
He further added, “I look forward to having constructive and having substantive discussion in the upcoming meetings.”
The ASEAN visitors were served a sumptuous Filipino dinner, headed by the country’s top chefs. They were also entertained by performers from the country, as well as from other Southeast Asian nations.
Non-ASEAN Leaders Also Attend
Apart from the heads of ASEAN-member states and U.S. President Trump, who’s expected to attend, other notable attendees were Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korea President Moon Jae-in, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
To assure the safety of the delegates and leaders, major roads in the city were closed, and officials have advised motorists to avoid these roads or go early. In fact, traffic has begun to build up in the past few days leading to the summit, which led to some motorists voicing their displeasure online.
The 2017 ASEAN Summit will continue until Wednesday, November 15, 2017.