20 world leaders attending 31st Asean Summit

Members of a SWAT team begin its security watch on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, for the 31st Asean Summit and Related Meetings . (Photo by MARIANNE BERMUDEZ / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

At least 20 world leaders will arrive in the Philippines starting Saturday to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and Related Summits, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

DFA spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said the following world leaders who would attend the two-day summit from November 12 to 14 in various venues in Metro Manila are the following:

Asean members

Brunei – Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei

Cambodia – Prime Minister Hun Sen

Indonesia – President Joko Widodo

Laos – Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith

Malaysia – Prime Minister Najib Razak

Myanmar – State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

Singapore – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Thailand – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Vietnam – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Dialogue partners

Australia – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Canada – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

China – Premier Li Keqiang

European Council – President Donald Tusk

Japan – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

India – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Zealand – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Russia – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

South Korea – President Moon Jae-In

United States – President Donald Trump

United Nations – Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Bolivar, however, could not confirm yet which of the leaders have already scheduled a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte because of his “very, very tight schedule” as the chairman of the summit’s series of meetings.

“We are trying our best to find free time, free schedules for the President to be able to meet those heads of state in government and, maybe the UN, who may request to meet the President on a bilateral basis,” he said.