The controversial President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is in Thailand for meetings until Wednesday.
Deputy Government Spokesperson of the Royal Thai Government Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, announced that Duterte will be on an official visit to Thailand from March 20-22. His visit is an attempt to tighten bilateral relations between his country and Thailand in areas including politics, security and economic affairs.
The two sides will also touch on trade and investment, tourism, agriculture, energy, and education, said the deputy spokesperson, adding that the two parties will ink three memoranda of understanding and cooperation, to do with science and technology, tourism promotion, and livestock development. The leaders of the two nations will hold a joint press conference afterwards to announce the results, reported Thai News Bureau.
Duterte last visited Thailand in November of 2016. He came on a personal visit to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The president was in Bangkok for about two hours on that occasion. This week’s trip is an official visit by the President.