Marcos arrives in Melbourne for Asean-Australia summit


President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos being welcomed by Australia Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Tim Watts and other officials as they arrived at Melbourne Airport, Australia on March 3, 2024. - PPA POOL

MELBOURNE: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr arrived here on Sunday (March 3 for the special summit hosted by Australia for all 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to celebrate the 50th year of Asean-Australia relations as dialogue partners.

The official delegation arrived at the Melbourne airport on board chartered Philippine Airlines flight PR 001.

Before the summit proper where he will discuss regional and global issues with his counterparts on March 6, Marcos will undertake other official activities in Melbourne.

He will deliver a speech at the Lowy Institute, attend a business forum organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), launch the expansion of the Victoria International Container Terminal, and meet with the Filipino community.

He will also hold bilateral meetings with the prime ministers of Cambodia and New Zealand.

Marcos was in Canberra last Feb 28 to 29 for a state visit where he addressed the Australian Parliament and signed agreements on maritime, cybersecurity and trade cooperation. - Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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