Duterte to meet Abe in Nikkei gab


President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a bilateral meeting, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Meynardo Montealegre confirmed on Friday.

During the pre-departure briefing of the executive chief for his trip to Japan, Montealegre said the two leaders will hold the meeting ahead of the 25th Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia.

It will be their seventh meeting since Duterte assumed presidency on 2016.

Duterte will fly to Japan on 31 May for the conference, where he is expected to deliver a keynote speech.

The Future of Asia is an international gathering where political, economic and academic leaders from the Asia-Pacific region offer their opinions frankly and freely on regional issues and the role of Asia in the world. Held by Nikkei every year since 1995, it is considered one of the most important global conferences in Asia.

Also attending the event are the leaders of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia.