China’s premier, Russian PM to attend ASEAN meet in November

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In file photo, President Duterte links arms with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the ASEAN meeting with partners in September 2016. The Chinese premier returned to Manila for the 31st ASEAN summit. REUTERS FILE

MANILA – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are coming to Manila to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings next month.

“United Nations Secretary General (António Guterres) has (also) confirmed. European Union and Canada have been asked as friends of chair,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters on the sidelines of the High-Level Forum on ASEAN Thursday.

Cayetano said preparations are being undertaken to ensure the safety and security of all delegates.

“We’re taking all, doing all efforts in making sure everyone will be safe,” he added.

The Philippines chairs the ASEAN Summit 2017.