Duterte to attend COVID-19 virtual conference hosted by Jordan King Abdullah II

Published August 30, 2020, 12:16 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang has confirmed that President Duterte will attend the virtual conference hosted by Jordan monarch King Abdullah II on the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR. / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a text message, Roque said that  Duterte will return to Manila for the  event after staying in Davao City for almost the entire month of August.

“He will be there,” he said Sunday.

According to Roque, the virtual conference will take place on Sept. 2.

However, he said he is not yet aware of what the President will discuss during the event.

“Have not seen his speech,” he said.

Duterte personally met King Abdullah II in a bilateral meeting during his visit to Amman, Jordan in September 2018. During their meeting, Duterte personally thanked the Jordanian monarch for being gracious hosts to overseas Filipino workers.

During Duterte’s historic three-day visit to the kingdom, the Philippines and Jordan were able to ink the Cooperation Framework for Employment of Domestic Workers and the Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Cooperation.

Philippine Ambassador to Jordan Akmad Sakkam described Jordan as a second home for Filipino workers as they have lesser problems in the kingdom.

King Abdullah II, during his working lunch with Duterte, said that he would like to return to visit the Philippines and that he will bring his own business delegation to seek opportunities in the Philippines.

The two leaders were supposed to have a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Forum of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia last year but it did not push through. 

 
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