Duterte to attend informal meeting with ASEAN leaders in Bali

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders Gathering in Bali, Indonesia on October 11, upon the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West on Monday said Duterte will attend the informal roundtable in the afternoon of October 11, which will be followed by a dinner with the leaders. Aside from the attendance of ASEAN leaders, officials from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and United Nations will also be at the gathering.

ASEAN leaders will also affirm its commitment to support the IMF, WB, and the UN's role in addressing development challenges.

"On the part of the Philippines, the President would highlight the government efforts to improve its performance in achieving the sustainable development goals, urge all parties to strengthen support for micro, small & medium enterprises development, call for economic resilience amid prevailing global economic uncertainties," Mahilum-West said in a media briefing.

She said Duterte will have quick but intensive bilateral meetings with at least three ASEAN leaders, including Indonesia.

However, the President will be unable to meet with the Filipino community in Bali due to time constraints.