Marcos, Kishida agree to further strengthen PH-Japan relationship, cooperation

Marcos, Kishida agree to further strengthen PH-Japan relationship, cooperation

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — The Philippines and Japan will further strengthen the relationship between the two governments.

This is what President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed upon after a brief meeting on the sidelines of the Asean-Plus Three Summit being held today in Cambodia.

Kishida approached the President when they first spoke in September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the friendship and cooperation between Japan and Asean. And I look forward to advancing the cooperation between Asean and Japan,” Kishida told Marcos.

Marcos said in response, “All of the concepts that we first started to discuss when we were in New York, we are continuing to develop in our government so that when the time comes this concept that you have introduced to us on economic stability, is something… that ASEAN, the Philippines — we will continue to develop more of these ideas, and these concepts.”

The President believes that he and Kishida can achieve their goals as long as their countries work together.

Kishida hopes that the President will accept the invitation for a state visit to Japan.

The Philippines is partnering with Japan in response to disaster management, COVID-19 response, and infrastructure development. (ai/mtvn)

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