MANILA, Aug. 4 (PIA) – Foreign delegates have started arriving in Manila to attend the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM).
From August 2 to 8, foreign ministers and senior officials from the 10 Member States of ASEAN, dialogue partners, and observers participate in ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and other Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention (PICC) here.
Some 13,000 police force are being deployed to ensure safety of around 1,700 delegates who will be attending the meetings.
Aside from the 50th AMM, other major events slated during the week include Post Ministerial Conferences, 18thASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, 7th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and 24th ASEAN Regional Forum.
In a press briefing, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said ministers are expected to issue several documents during the course of the week.
Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan, also in a press briefing, said that there will be a grand celebration to commemorate the 50th year of ASEAN.
On August 8, an ASEAN Landmark Lighting will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines which will be simultaneous with the lighting of other lanterns in select key towns and cities nationwide.
“I was also informed that all over the Philippines, the different local government units will be celebrating the 50th ASEAN Anniversary with us,” said Ablan.
In Region 1, lighting ceremonies and cultural dances will be held in five areas: municipality of Bauang (La Union), Laoag City and provincial government of Ilocos Norte (Ilocos Norte), and Binalonan and Dagupan City (Pangasinan).
President Rodrigo R. Duterte is also set to meet with the foreign ministers on August 8. (JNPD/PIA-1)