MANILA, Philippines - President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and US President Barack Obama could meet as early as October this year at a US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, a Department of Foreign Affairs official said Wednesday.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio said the Philippines will be the coordinator for the October summit, and the two leaders are expected to attend.
She added that Aquino is also scheduled to attend the Asia-Europe Summit in Brussels, Germany and the UN General Assembly in New York, USA, both scheduled later this year.
"Meron summits na dapat i-represent, nasa kanya pa rin kung ano gusto niya puntahan, pero 'must' sa amin ito," Basilio said.
Obama earlier congratulated Aquino on his electoral victory and said he is willing to give the Philippine president-elect advice on how to quit smoking.