Duterte visit aims to bolster ties

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, seen here speaking to local town mayors in Davao city earlier this month, is due to arrive at Don Mueang airport Monday evening from Mynamar. (Reuters photo)

The visit to Thailand by the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, aims to reinforce ties between the two countries, deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak says.

Security-related issues will be high on the agenda. Lt Gen Werachon said the two sides will discuss drug suppression, cooperation between intelligence agencies, and solving problems in the restive areas of Mindanao, a southern city of the Philippines, where the armed group The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is based.

President Duterte is scheduled to land at Bangkok's military airport Monday eveningon an official visit as a guest of the government.

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