Kingdom next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
In a pre-departure briefing in Malacanang yesterday, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose said the agreements expected to be signed will be in the areas of agriculture, science and technology, energy, and education.
The President who will be inThailandfrom March 20 to 22 is also expected to hold bilateral talks with Thai prime minister general Prayut Chan-o-cha and discuss economic, infrastructure, and development cooperation.”They are expected to discuss issues of mutual concern, including political, economic, agriculture, energy, education, and defense cooperation,” Jose said.
The President first visitedThailandin November last year to pay his 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.
But before going toThailand, Duterte will first visitMyanmaron March 19 and 20 upon the invitation of the President of Myanmar, U Htin Kyaw who, like Duterte assumed office in 2016.
InMyanmar, President U Htin Kyaw will hold bilateral talks with President Duterte and host a banquet in his honor.
Duterte is also scheduled to meet other high-level government officials inMyanmar, including State Counsellor and Foreign minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services, Senior general Min Aung Hlaing.
There are no agreements expected to be signed during Duterte’sMyanmarvisit.
According to Jose, Duterte’s visit toMyanmarandThailandare part of the President’s introductory visit to the last two countries inSouth East Asiahe has yet to make an official visit.
InThailand, Duterte is expected to brief Thai officials on the priorities and programmes of thePhilippinesfor its chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this year.
“The visits toMyanmarandThailanddemonstrate our leaders’ resolve to forge stronger relations with our neighbours and cooperate closely with them in various areas of endeavor,” he said.
ThePhilippinesandThailandhave a long standing diplomatic relations which were formally established in 1949. Diplomatic relations withMyanmar, meanwhile started in 1956.
As his previous foreign trips, Duterte is expected to meet with the members of the Filipino community inMyanmarandThailand.
There are approximately 1,800 Filipinos inMyanmaremployed in foreign firms and international organisations.
InThailand, Duterte will meet with the more than 16,000 Filipinos living and working in the Kingdom.
“During these occasions, the President makes it a point to apprize our countrymen about his administration’s priority programmes and developments in thePhilippines,” Jose said.
The DFA also confirmed yesterday, the arrival of Australian Foreign minister Julie Bishop who will call on President Duterte inDavaoCitythis week. Bishop earlier met with DFA acting secretary Enrique Manalo.
Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported that Bishop’s visit is part ofAustralia’s campaign for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council inGeneva.
“I think they will be discussing issues of mutual concern, both bilateral and regional, focusing primarily on political cooperation and economic cooperation,” Jose added. (With a report from Roy C. Mabasa)