Marcos-Biden meeting eyed in New York, Washington – DFA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) — The Philippine and US governments are working on a potential meeting between their respective presidents — Bongbong Marcos and Joe Biden — when the former makes his official visit to America, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday.

"We agreed to work together over the next couple of months in firming up opportunities for our Presidents for a possible meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month, as well as a possible visit by President Marcos to Washington DC," DFA Secretary Enrique Manalo said in a press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is currently in Manila.

Manalo stressed that such trip would still depend on the schedules of both officials.

"If we can come up with a mutual date, then obviously we'll be able to push through with that visit. So talks will be on trying to find what date might be suitable for both," he noted.

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez revealed last month that Biden has invited Marcos for a visit to Washington, but no date was agreed upon yet.

Before winning the May polls, Marcos faced the risk of being required to appear in court if he enters the US due to his non-compliance to a class suit ruling against his family. Non-appearance in court could lead to detention or being cited for contempt.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, however, said Marcos can invoke his immunity as head of state when visiting the US.