President Duterte will be meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Laos next week.
Reports quoted White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes as saying that the meeting between Duterte and Obama would be held on Sept. 6. Duterte is also expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his counterparts Narendra Modi of India and Shinzo Abe of Japan. Asked if Duterte would also meet with Chinese leaders, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said there is no request from the Philippine side and none also from China for bilateral meetings. However Yasay said that China and Indonesia are the first countries that Duterte intends to visit as head of state.