President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (Wednesday, September 21 in Manila). (Photo taken from an RTVM video posted on Facebook)

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will attend the Asean-EU (European Union) summit in Brussels, Belgium, in December, where regional leaders are expected to discuss a free trade agreement with the EU, according to the ministry Foreign Affairs.

Ahead of his trip to Belgium, the president will attend the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) summit in Cambodia and the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation summit in Thailand, Deputy Foreign Secretary Daniel Espiritu said on Friday during of a press briefing in Malacañang.

In July this year, the EU, through a letter from European Council President Charles Michel, invited Mr. Marcos to visit its headquarters in Belgium to discuss bilateral relations and broader foreign policy issues. .

—Nestor Corrales

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