The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte will go to Myanmar and Thailand for official visits next week.
Duterte and his entourage will leave for Nay Pyi Daw in Myanmar on Sunday.
They will stay there overnight then proceed to Bangkok on Monday until Wednesday.
In Myanmar, formerly Burma, Duterte will meet with President U Htin Kyaw and Nobel Peace Prize awardee Aung San Suu Kyi.
In Bangkok, the President will meet with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha where they are expected to discuss issues of mutual concerns, including political, economic, agriculture, energy, education and defense cooperation.
Duterte is also expected to share with Thai officials information on various developments in the country, as well as priorities and programs of the Philippines for its Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) chairmanship this year.
The Asean Summit is slated last week of April in the Philippines.
The President is scheduled to meet members of the Filipino community in Tyhailand, where more than 16,000 Filipinos are living and working.
Bilateral relations between the Philippines and Thailand will reach 68 years in June 2017.
The relations have always been considered to be strong and vibrant, with exchanges at the highest levels taking place regularly since the establishment of relations in 1949.
Duterte’s visits are part of the President’s introductory visits to countries in Southeast Asia, according to DFA spokesman and Assistant Secretary Charles Jose.
Jose said Myanmar and Thailand are the only two remaining countries in the region that the President has not yet visited.