Philippines welcome US President Trump's visit

White House says Trump to attend ASEAN summit after all

Duterte challenged Callamard to a public debate previous year as a condition for her to be allowed to investigate her allegations in the Philippines - a condition which was rejected by her.

"And even today, they have provided the crucial equipment to our soldiers in Marawi to fight the terrorists", the Chief Executive said.

"As host country, we hope to make the event productive and pleasant to our foreign guests".

Joined by his wife Melania, Trump will travel November 3-14.

In a statement yesterday, the White House said that Mr Trump will visit Manila as part of a bumper Nov 3-14 tour that will also include stops in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Trump's attendance at the Manila summit had been in doubt until recent days, with officials saying he was reluctant to show support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been responsible for a number of anti-American outbursts.

President Duterte is set to meet United States President Donald Trump for the first time in Manila next month.

"The American-Filipino relationship is so resilient that it bounces back right always regardless of personalities and issues", Tillerson said.

Duterte was previously invited by Trump to the White House but the President had to turn down the invitation to focus on the ongoing war in Marawi City.

In conveying Manila's willingness to receive experts who would assess the human rights situation in the country, Cayetano requested the Secretary General to send only those with no bias against the Philippines.

"President Trump will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security", the White House said in a statement.

The US president, who has been locked in an increasingly bitter war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will have the opportunity to bolster allied resolve for what he calls the "complete denuclearization" of Pyongyang.

"The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements - including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit - demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region", the White House said in a statement.

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The world leaders are expected to conduct talks on regional issues, notably the threat of North Korea's nuclear missiles. He has warned North Korea would face total devastation if it threatens the United States.

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