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Manila, Bangkok to sign agreements

President Duterte is expected to sign several agreements with Thai officials during his visit to Thailand next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose said the agreements expected to be signed during the President’s visit on March 20 to 22 will be on agriculture, science and technology, energy, and education.

In a pre-departure briefing in Malacañang yesterday, Jose said that Duterte is expected to discuss issues of mutual concern in a bilateral meeting with Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“They are expected to discuss issues of mutual concern, including political, economic, agriculture, energy, education, and defense cooperation,” he said.

Jose said they will also discuss economic cooperation which would include two-way trade and investments, particularly on infrastructure and development cooperation.

Duterte had visited Thailand last November to pay respects following the death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Jose, however, said there is no scheduled meeting between Duterte and the new Thai King Vajiralongkorn nor was he able to meet the monarch last November.

Before going to Thailand, Duterte will visit Myanmar on March 19 to 20 upon the invitation of the President of Myanmar, U Htin Kyaw, who assumed office also in 2016. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)