Duterte to hold bilateral meetings on sidelines of ASEAN-South Korea commemorative summit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he would hold bilateral meetings with a number of leaders on the sidelines of the ASEAN-South Korea commemorative summit next week.

Duterte told this to media Tuesday night in Malacañang, adding "security matters" were included in the agenda.

"Security talaga [It’s really about security]. And it's obvious, it is now the equilibrium of geopolitics — 'yung North Korea then Spratly Islands. The South Koreans are also against the occupation of the South China Se and the claim of China. These will be taken up. "

However, the President did not say which world leaders he would be meeting with. The Palace earlier announced Duterte would probably meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Duterte said it's important for him to constantly build the country's relationship with Korea because "many things are at stake."

"One is that we are buying arms. Second is that there are many assistance on the way, coming. Third is itong Seoul is a vital partner natin. Alam mo kasi ang mga armas ngayon mahal but we can always buy," he said.

The commemorative summit will be held in Busan on November 25 to 27.