Duterte, Trump to meet in Vietnam

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 6) — U.S. President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte will meet for the first time in Vietnam.

The two leaders are expected to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Convention (APEC) Leaders' Meeting from November 8 to 10, along with 20 other state leaders.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Leo Herrera-Lim said there are a number of venues for the two to meet, including the welcome dinner and the gala dinner for state leaders.

He added it is possible for Duterte and Trump to hold a bilateral meeting then.

"There's several opportunities for exchanges. Pretty much a convergence between the two presidents would be one, national security both at the country level and at the regional level and then number two, the desire to grow the different engines of global economy," Herrera-Lim said.

The Foreign Affairs assistant secretary said bilateral meetings are also being worked out with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin who will not be attending the ASEAN Summit in Manila next week.

Herrera-Lim added the Philippines' priorities in the APEC meetings will including pushing for the full participation of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the global economy, sustainable and inclusive growth, connectivity, and human resource development.

Nine of the 10 top trading partners of the Philippines are APEC-members.

Duterte is also expected to meet ASEAN businessmen in Vietnam.

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.