Close  

Obama welcomes Aquino for US-Asean summit

/ 08:00 AM February 16, 2016

RANCHO MIRAGE, California—United States President Barack Obama welcomed President Benigno Aquino III upon the latter’s arrival at the Sunnylands estate for the two-day summit with Southeast Asian leaders.

ADVERTISEMENT

Aquino arrived around 3:40 p.m. (7:40 a.m. Manila time).

READ: Aquino arrives in California for US-ASEAN summit

FEATURED STORIES

The two leaders shook hands, exchanged smiles and posed for a picture, before Obama escorted Aquino to the venue of the first meeting.

Obama then returned to the entrance to welcome the next leader to arrive. He personally welcomed the leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

READ: Obama to meet Asean leaders to ‘counter’ China

The summit is the first meeting of the US and the Asean as strategic partners.

The first discussion of the summit will focus on the promotion of an innovative, entrepreneurial Asean economic community. It will be followed by a working dinner on the regional strategic outlook.

READ: Economy, security top US-Asean Summit talks

The second day of the summit will have the leaders tackling the protection of peace, prosperity and security in the Asia Pacific.

ADVERTISEMENT

Asean leaders began arriving at the Sunnylands estate past 3 p.m. Obama welcomed all of them to the venue of talks that the US describes as unprecedented. RAM

Obama Aquino US ASEAN

President Barack Obama greets Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, at a meeting of ASEAN, the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Obama and the leaders of the Southeast Asian nations are gathering for two days of talks on economic and security issues and on forging deeper ties amid China’s assertive presence in the region. AP

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Diplomacy, Philippines, President Barack Obama, President Benigno Aquino III, United States
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
opinion

Power of the people

June 19, 2019 05:08 AM

business

Maynilad warns of service interruptions

June 19, 2019 05:07 AM

opinion

Haggling over the ‘Ultimo Adios’

June 19, 2019 05:07 AM

opinion

Hong Kong and that boat-ramming

June 19, 2019 05:06 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.