Despite being the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was not invited to the prestigious G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany last week.
According to Rappler, Palace confirmed that no formal invitation for Duterte was received by Malacañang from the German government, host of this year’s G20 Summit which was held from July 7 to 8. German government spokesperson also confirmed this.
“The Philippines did not belong to the invited guest countries,” said the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany.
The ASEAN chairman is usually invited to the summit because of the growing significance of Southeast Asia. So it was very odd not to invite Duterte even he was the chairman in Asean this year and tradition holds that the ASEAN chairman is invited to the G20 Summit.
The G20 Summit is one of the biggest international forums focused on financial and economic issues. It is participated by leaders of the world’s major powers, including the United States, China, Russia, European Union, India, South Korea, and Japan.
Aside from the global economy, the summit also tackled terrorism, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and fighting corruption, key issues under the Duterte administration and for Southeast Asia.