Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump are likely to meet on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN anniversary celebrations here on Monday, according to sources associated with the event. The US leader who is visiting the region as part of his outreach to Asia is likely to arrive here on Sunday and will hold several bilateral meetings with regional leaders.
The meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi will be significant as this is the first meeting since the idea of a quadrilateral grouping, involving Japan, US, Australia and India, took shape in recent months. Mr Trump hosted Mr Modi in the White House in June beginning their formal interaction since Mr Trump took charge in January.
Mr. Modi will be accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar among other top diplomatic and security officials for the meeting with the US president.
PM Modi will arrive in Philippines tomorrow afternoon at the Ninoy Acquino International Airport and then participate in the Special Gala Celebration in the evening. On Monday, he will participate in the opening ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and then visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at Los Banos. He is also likely to visit the Museaum of History of Ideas and Mahaveer Philippine Foundation.
The MEA in a briefing on 10 November had explained that the foundation had brought the famed “Jaipur foot” which helps amputees start a new life with assistance from Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti of India.
Mr Modi is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and Prime Minister of New Zealand on Tuesday. He will also be hosted by President Duterte of Philippines for a bilateral meeting on 13 November.