More world leaders arrive for ASEAN


Posted at Nov 12 2017 12:22 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2017 03:17 PM


MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) World leaders arrived in the country Sunday ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Summit in the capital.

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith was the first to land for the day at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga at 10:37 a.m.

Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith waves to the crowd upon his arrival to attend the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings in Clark, Pampanga, Sunday. Erik De Castro, Reuters

He was welcomed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and Pampanga Governor Lilian Pineda. Hundreds of students in colorful costumes also performed a dance number for Sisoulith.

President Rodrigo Duterte met Sisoulith in the past 2 Asean summits: in Manila last April and in Vientiane, Laos last September.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo meanwhile landed in Pampanga around 12:15 p.m.

Like Duterte, Widodo has waged war against narcotics. The number of suspected drug dealers killed by Indonesian police has more than tripled so far this year from the whole of 2016, activists said.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived after Widodo.

Leaders from 19 countries plus the heads of the United Nations and European Union are set to join the ASEAN meetings that will run until Tuesday.

Among those attending are US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in the country on Saturday.