- Title: Manila tightens security ahead of ASEAN foreign ministersâ€™ meeting
- Date: 4th August 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 4, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF PHILIPPINES CULTURAL CENTRE/SIGN READING (English): "#ASEAN50"/TRAFFIC PHILIPPINES FLAG MAN WALKING BY WITH PARASOL/BANNERS/TRAFFIC BANNER READING (English): "ASEAN 50 2017"/TRAFFIC VARIOUS OF POLICE DIRECTING TRAFFIC AT CHECKPOINT ARMOURED VEHICLE TURRET MOUNTED ON ARMOURED VEHICLE VARIOUS OF RIOT POLICE STANDING BEHIND PASSING TRAFFIC SIGN SHOWING TRAFFIC ADVISORY FOR ASEAN DELEGATES ZONE/TRAFFIC PEOPLE SEATED ON LEDGE/OCEAN SHIP IN OCEAN (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-YEAR-OLD EVENTS PLANNER FROM MINDANAO, JEFFINER ACENAS, SAYING: "I also believe in our police here in the local (area), in the Philippines, so I believe they can handle the security very well for the ASEAN summit." PEDESTRIAN WALKING NEAR PIER (SOUNDBITE) (English) RETIREE AND MANILA RESIDENT, REBECCA BELEO, SAYING: "I think it's hard to solve the (drug) trafficking, but it (the summit) can minimize the other problems." CAR CHECKPOINT AT ASEAN MEDIA CENTRE RIFLE HANGING FROM SECURITY GUARD'S SHOULDER SECURITY GUARDS OPENING CAR TRUNK POLICE DOG SNIFFING CAR TRUNK/TRUNK CLOSING
- Embargoed: 18th August 2017 06:52
- Keywords: Philippines Manila security senior officials meeting arrival Myanmar deputy foreign minister Kyaw Tin
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SQQM2T
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Manila tightened its security on Friday (August 4) ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers' meetings at the weekend.
Increased traffic checkpoints, armoured vehicles, and riot police standing on guard could be seen around the venue where the summit is expected to take place.
The ASEAN foreign ministers meeting officially kicks off on Saturday (August 5) with an opening ceremony and meeting between the 10 ASEAN countries, followed by the Asia Regional Forum, which brings together 27 countries including Australia, China, India, Japan, Russia, North and South Korea and the United States.
Political watchers say the talks this year will focus on expressing concerns about North Korea's nuclear missile tests and regional security, while the South China Sea issue will take a back seat.
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