Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte have not yet accepted the invitation of the President of the United States Donald trump to the White house. About it reports on Monday, may 1, GMA News.
The head of state noted that the planned trip is his main priority and also referred to the busy schedule. “I’m busy. I can’t give any concrete promises, I have to go to Russia, I have to go to Israel,” he told reporters.
The publication notes that Duterte first mentioned the visit to the Jewish state. However, he said that he would go to Moscow in may.
Earlier Monday it was reported that trump has caught the state Department by surprise, inviting Duterte, and now in the US administration are preparing for criticism from human rights organizations.
On 29 April the two leaders held a telephone conversation, during which, in particular, addressed the problems around North Korea. When it is supposed to be meeting trump and Duterte in Washington, the White house said.
In February, the Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Igor Morgulov said that the Philippine leader may visit Moscow closer to the summer.
The President of the Philippines known for his harsh statements against the US and the previous President of the country Barack Obama. In particular, Duterte called the American leader “son of a whore” and said that “it’s time to say goodbye to the United States.” Later, however, he said that Manila could not sever diplomatic ties with Washington.