Duterte visiting India this month

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President Rodrigo Duterte will be visiting India to attend the ASEAN–India Commemorative Summit (AICS) on January 25. India will be the first foreign country Duterte is visiting this 2018.

“The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit is the culminating activity for the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India relations, which we started to celebrate in January 2017 when the Philippines was chair of ASEAN,” Office of ASEAN Affairs Assistant Secretary Ma. Hellen De La Vega said in pre-departure briefing held in Malacañang.

“The President and other ASEAN Member States have also been invited to India’s Republic Day celebration, which takes place the following day on 26th January,” she added.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the bilateral meeting between Philippines and India at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Presidential Photo

“India is an important dialogue partner of ASEAN. And under the ASEAN-India plan of action, trade and investment, connectivity, agriculture, tourism, culture, science and technology, and climate change are among the priority areas of cooperation,” De La Vega added.