Leaders flying home after highly successful 12th ASEAN Summit
CEBU, Philippines – Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their dialogue partners will fly home today at the end of the highly successful 12th ASEAN Summit, with high hopes that their shared vision of a more secure, peaceful and vibrant regional community will be achieved sooner than later.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister John Howard are scheduled to leave Cebu this afternoon after the signing of the Cebu Declaration on Energy Security.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will depart after the official farewell of the East Asia Summit heads of states and governments with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
After her press conference at the media briefing room of the Cebu International Convention Center, President Macapagal-Arroyo will fly back to Manila.
Thailand Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will also leave later in the day.
Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi will hold a press conference at the Shangri-La's Mactan Island Resort and Spa in Lapu-lapu City before his departure at 5:30 p.m.
Brunei Darussalam Prime Minister Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Vietnam President Nguyen Tan Dung and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, on the other hand, will are set to leave Cebu early this evening. Some of the leaders have left earlier.
The last of the leaders' meetings was the 2nd East Asia Summit held this afternoon at the CICC Summit Hall.