MANILA - The Palace on Monday confirmed President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the summit between India and the bloc of Southeast Asian nations in late January.
"President Duterte's participation is an outcome of his bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of India at the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque told reporters in a briefing in Malacañang.
The Summit, which will be held in New Delhi, India from January 24 to 27, is the first summit event under the ASEAN chairmanship of Singapore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as guests of honor at India's Republic Day to also mark a quarter century of ties with the international bloc.
"The fact that the President decided to attend is also because of a personal appeal by the Indian Ambassador that in 2012, the commemorative summit held in 2012 in India, the Philippines was the only country that was not represented by the head of state. And that is why he has confirmed his attendance," Roque said.