Philippines’ Duterte says Turkey, Mongolia could join ASEAN

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AFP

© AFP | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested Mongolia and Turkey should be granted membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), despite not being located in southeast Asia

DAVAO (PHILIPPINES) (AFP) – 

Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would push for the inclusion of Turkey and Mongolia in a grouping of Southeast Asian nations, dismissing concerns about their geographic location.

Duterte said leaders of Turkey and Mongolia told him about their desire to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) while they were in China over the weekend for a summit on a global trade infrastructure project.

Duterte, whose nation holds the rotating ASEAN chairmanship this year, held separate meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat on the sidelines of the summit.

“They want to join ASEAN and since I am now the chair, the Philippines is…

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