Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (DWDD) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte rounds up his introductory visit within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region by embarking on an Official Visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from March 19-20, 2017.
The visit comes at the heels of the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of Philippines-Myanmar bilateral relations.
The Chief Executive met with President U Htin Kyaw, the first civilian president of Myanmar in five (5) decades. He also had separate meetings with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
President Duterte allotted time to interact with the Filipinos on the first day of his visit. More than 200 Filipinos immediately registered their participation in the Filipino community meeting upon learning the news from the Philippine Embassy. From Yangon, they travelled five (5) hours going to Nay Pyi Taw, the administrative capital of Myanmar, to personally see the President and listen to his message.
The President’s visit to Myanmar commences as the Philippines is this year’s ASEAN Chair and is set to host the 30th and 31st ASEAN Summits, apart from leading the 50th founding anniversary of the ASEAN regional bloc.
Upon his arrival, the President was welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar Alex Chua and Defense and Armed Forces Attache Colonel Edgardo De Leon. Myanmar officials were also present to greet the visiting Chief Executive.
President Duterte is accompanied by his official delegation composed of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez, Foreign Affairs (DFA) Acting Secretary Enrique Manalo, and Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar. RTVM / MCAG
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