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Duterte joins 38th, 39th Asean Summit

/ 06:04 PM October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte participated in the opening ceremony of the 38th and 39th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit on Tuesday.

Duterte attended the Asean Summit and related summits virtually in Malacañang Palace due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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This year’s Asean Summit, with a theme “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper,” is chaired by Brunei Darussalam from October 26 to 28.

According to a social media post of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Asean leaders discussed several matters, including recovery efforts and responses to control the effects of the pandemic region-wide, the Asean Community Building initiatives, and regional and international developments.

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38th ASEAN Summit Reception Hall, Malacañan Palace October 26, 2021

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins his fellow Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the Opening Ceremony of the 38th ASEAN Summit via virtual convention on October 26, 2021. As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to affect Southeast Asia, the ASEAN Leaders exchange views on several matters such as the recovery efforts and responses to contain the effects of the pandemic across the region, the ASEAN Community Building initiatives, and regional and international developments, among others. The Leaders are also expected to adopt more than 20 outcome documents relative to various key issues of concern and cooperation. The ASEAN Leaders call on the revitalization of the regional bloc’s economy while giving prompt importance to the health and safety in the region amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All Leaders push for the equitable access of all ASEAN countries to vaccines in order to curb infections and deaths. Furthermore, the Leaders urge to adopt the ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework for the safe resumption of essential travel among Southeast Asian peoples that would also contribute towards economic recovery. Chaired by Brunei Darussalam, this year’s 38th ASEAN Summit is anchored on the theme, ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.’ Due to the ongoing public health emergency in Southeast Asia, all meetings relative to the ASEAN Summit will be held via virtual convention. #HealAsOne#DuterteLegacy#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChange

Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The leaders likewise called on to spur Asean’s economy while considering the importance of health and safety. They pressed for the equitable access of all countries in the region to COVID-19 vaccines.

Participating leaders pushed ”to adopt the Asean Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework for the safe resumption of essential travel among Southeast Asian peoples that would also contribute towards economic recovery.”

Asean leaders are likewise anticipated to adopt over 20 outcome documents “relative to various key issues of concern and cooperation,” PCOO said.

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