Duterte to visit South Korea early June

President Rodrigo Duterte will be visiting South Korea on June 3 to 5, the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said today. “President Rodrigo Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines will make an official visit to Korea June 3-5 at the invitation of President Moon Jae-in,” it said in a statement.

President Duterte and President Moon will be holding a summit meeting on June 4. The two leaders will discuss ways to enhance further the relationship of Philippines and South Korea which will include matters on national defense and the defense industry.

South Korean defense companies are active participants in Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization.

“At the summit, the two Presidents are expected to have in-depth discussions on ways to deepen friendly and cooperative relations between the two nations as well as to enhance substantive collaboration in various areas, including trade, investment, infrastructure, national defense and the defense industry, agriculture, development cooperation and cultural and people-to-people exchanges,” South Korea presidential office said.

“In doing so, it is projected that they will expand the foundation for developing bilateral relations in a more mutually beneficial and forward-looking manner,” it added.

“The summit between the two leaders is their second since they met last November on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, which was the chair country of the multilateral meeting. President Duterte is the first head of state from the ASEAN nations to visit Korea since President Moon’s inauguration,” it added.

Source: http://english1.president.go.kr/BriefingSpeeches/Briefings/269