JANUARY 19, 2020 — President Donald Trump has invited President Rodrigo Duterte to the US for a meeting with the other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this coming March 14.
Trump’s invitation was also extended to the other nine leaders of the regional intergovernmental organization, with the Trump administration hoping to reestablish the long-standing alliance between the Philippines and US.
President Duterte has been repeatedly invited by President Trump to visit the US, including the White House, since April 2017.
The invitation to the US-ASEAN Summit came after the approval of proposals in the US Congress to ban Philippine officials involved in what US senators have described as the “wrongful detention” of Senator Leila de Lima. De Lima has been in jail for more than two years over drug charges.
The ban is in line with the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, an American law that allows Washington to punish foreign officials involved in “significant corruption or gross violations of human rights” in any part of the world.
Trump also signed last December a measure which
instructs US State Secretary Mike Pompeo to ban foreign officials who have had a hand in the “wrongful imprisonment” of opposition Senator Leila de Lima from entering the US.
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